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Week in Review #2

I didn't have time on Thursday to video my weekly reflection, so I took a few minutes on Friday to get it done. I happened to be in my car on the way to...
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Week in Review #7

Friday, Feb 7 - Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 Week #7 Synopsis Sermon Retreat in the WI Dells Youth group story in Mark's Gospel Jump Rope for Heart and playground city vision source YouTube

Reading the Bible.

Back in February, I wrote this after my men's small group that meets on Tuesday mornings: "I was convicted this morning of a story my friend shared of a guy who would read through the...

Tipping.

How do you tip? Generously or not generously? A while back I was thinking about my policy on tipping. I do not tip on performance, I tip on grace. I don't use the amount I tip as a rating...

What are Christians to do?

What is a normal, everyday Christian capable of and expected to do in the kingdom of God, the church? I don't think we define it concretely enough. Do they have to ingest one Christian book a month, study...

My Lack, and Therefore Need, of Empathy

My wife and I had a good series of talks on the way to a retreat back in February. I can't remember the substance of our talks on the way down, but it was nice...

Most of the World Hasn’t Graduated from Middle School

I'm a middle school pastor. I've thrown dodgeballs, watched students cringe and giggle when I say the word "sex," and laughed at the silliest things with grades 6-8 students for almost 10 years. Here's...
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Week in Review #11

Friday, Mar 7 - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 Week #11 Synopsis Weekend recovery for throat Sunday afternoon Nerf war with students and families Met w/ a Youth small group leader Wednesday early release, met with 8th grade guys and...

From Loathing to Kindness, From Dehumanizing to Humanizing

So I guess the story is that a former Yankee player, Robinson Cano, was traded to the Seattle Mariners during the off season for a large 10-year contract (I think it was somewhere around...

A Practical Lesson in “Driving” Hospitality

I found myself behind a very slow moving vehicle on my way home from the church the other day. I wasn't too worried because I thought surely this car doesn't the EXACT route I...

It’s Their Hill!

Every winter I create a sledding hill of of the stairs of our deck by clearing the deck of snow and slowly creating a mound higher and higher as the winter months progress. Sari...

Would I Recommend Climbing On Top of a Moving Train?

Back in the Spring, our family took a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We had so much fun on this trip... especially our girls! One day, as we were riding on the...