The Preparation Of Cleaning

Dear Church, I love this time of year, don’t you? The sights, the sounds and the songs all accentuate the beauty and magnitude of the season of Advent. Back in 2012, our dear friend and long-time organist/pianist, Harriet Santefort was taken suddenly to be with the Lord. Harriet always...

A Warning From The Promised Land

Dear Church, What is your Promised Land? Have you ever thought about that before? What is your land flowing with milk and honey? What is your place that you dream about and plan for and hope for? What is your Promised Land? The people...

The Honor Run

Dear Church, This past Monday I had the privilege of attending the Bast Preaching Festival on the campus of Western Seminary in Holland, MI. The key note speaker was Eugene Peterson. He’s the guy who crafted the translation of the Bible called “The Message,” along with countless other books. Our time together centered on his book “Eat This Book,” which looked to devour the Holy Scriptures so that they...

Jesus Is Already There

Dear Church, This past Monday I had the privilege of attending the Bast Preaching Festival on the campus of Western Seminary in Holland, MI. The key note speaker was Eugene Peterson. He’s the guy who crafted the translation of the Bible called “The Message,” along with countless other books. Our time together centered on his book “Eat This Book,” which looked to devour the Holy Scriptures so that they...

Missional Confessions From A Pastor

Dear Church, Missional Confessions from a Pastor – mission budgets are a pain in the neck. Notice, I said mission budgets, not mission. Mission is at the heartbeat of the Gospel, but the mission budget is another story. The budget often times masks the mission. The budget process is tedious and...