I am a networker. One of my best friends calls me his “Social Butterfly” friend. I enjoy people and I enjoy relationships. In our move to Peoria in November of 2012, I sought to use this strength (or maybe weakness), as a means to connect with pastors and churches in our area, who stand with […]

Here’s a great quote I found from Thom Rainer, where he cautions about throwing the baby out with the bath water in older “church growth” books, especially those focused on obeying the Great Commission. “Church revitalization is critical in as many as 300,000 Protestant churches, perhaps even more. I am so grateful for the theological […]


We’ve all seen it. In fact, I admit there are times when a salacious blog post title will cause me to skip right over the article and go directly to the discussions to see what sort of vitriol is being spewed. Let me come right out and say, dear Christian Brother and Sister, we will […]

It’s time I got back to blogging. I’m sure I will find some things to write about, but for now, I wanted to share a passage from Paul Tripp’s book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands. In speaking of the necessity of confrontation, Tripp writes: Confrontation does not force a person to deal with you, but […]

Amber and I will leave in a few hours to take our son Jonah and his friend and fellow FBC StuMin attender Julian to Ascend Summer Camp. Ascend is put on by our former church New Community and their awesome youth pastors Jeremiah Kirberg and Jason Todd, as well as their incredible staff. Like all […]


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