9:30pm On A Saturday Night

Dear Church, I got a text a little after 9:00pm last Saturday. I was doing what I usually do a little after 9:00pm on Saturday, watching TV on the couch with my sermon folded on my lap. The text was from my neighbor and friend, Randy Moes. The text....

Listening Together

Dear Church, One of the things they don’t tell you in seminary is that as a pastor, you’ll be attending a lot of classis meetings. Oh I get it. I know why they don’t. Think about being in a room with a large group of pastors and elders for....

I'm Heart-Broken and I'm Not

Dear Church, I’m heart-broken, but I’m not. This was the comment Karen VanKley shared with me by her bedside in room 488 at South Suburban Hospital this past Monday morning. I had already led devotions at Restoration Ministries and...

Splashy

Dear Church, One night last week, Sarah called Willem and me into the kitchen. She had sort of a “come quick” tone to her voice. Will and I, who were watching a Duke Basketball game on TV, quickly came into the kitchen. She was standing over....

The Flu

Dear Church, As I sit down to write this week’s blog, I do so without a fever, without achy skin and without needing to be near a toilet. I’m thankful. I’ve been a pastor for nearly ten years and I’ve never, up until now, been apprehensive about....