The Bell Tolls

Dear Church, Every family has traditions. Churches have traditions too. One such tradition we practice is the “Tolling of the Bells” service. I totally copied this idea from Blaine Newhouse, who was my pastor growing up at Calvary Reformed Church in Holland, MI. I remember how...

The In-Between

Dear Church, I was meeting with Anthony in my office last week with literally four orders of worship on our laps and on our screens doing our best to keep them all straight when I told Anthony, “I just feel like we’ve gotten robbed this year.” Between the snow storms...

Do Not Fear - The Lord Is Near

Dear Church, The Angel Gabriel tells a stressed out Joseph to not be afraid. Do not be afraid? C’mon Gabriel. Give Joseph a break. Why wouldn’t he be afraid?! I can only think of about a thousand, thousand reasons for Joseph to be afraid. How am I going to...

The Passage Of Time

Dear Church, Hands down one of the greatest inventions in the history of humankind has to be the ability to record live TV. It’s awesome. I can burn through an episode of a show in 50 minutes zipping past the commercials. What’s also extremely helpful is the ability to...

Be Still &...Listen

Dear Church, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song...