Preaching Dad’s Funeral

This past Saturday, I was tasked with preaching a funeral. Not my first, third actually. The first was for friends whose infant died suddenly. The second was for the grandfather of a good friend. But this one was the hardest by far. This one was the funeral of my Dad. When he was diagnosed with stage […]

Godly vs. Worldly Grief (pt. 1)

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has […]

Defining Success in Ministry

I will never be: the most popular, considered cool. I may never be: a prolific speaker, a dynamic leader, a published author, considered “successful”. I may never have: a huge church, an impact beyond my local context … and I’m ok with that. WHY? Because I understand (at least in part) the one thing I […]

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Community Group Multiplication (pt. 2) – How to do It

The reality of ministry within a community group concept is that it is necessary for healthy growth for groups to multiply. New people will need to feel like they belong, and everyone will need to feel they have the opportunity to share. That doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be hard and that some people […]

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Best Things Heard at PlantMidwest Yesterday

Yesterday I attended the PlantChicago branch of the PlantMidwest quarterly conference. Our speaker was Christopher Yuan. His topic was the Gospel and sexuality. Here are my favorite quotes: “Unconditional love is not the same thing as unconditional acceptance.” “The opposite of any sin is holiness.” “Change is not the absence of struggle, but the choice […]

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Tweets of the Week 8.26.14

Here’s the weekly(ish) list of tweets that I happened to see that caught my attention: Jackie Hill Perry @JackieHillPerry I am blind if I don’t see that the same mistakes I am afraid for the church to make live in me too. Kipp Soncek @KippSoncek Love Christ. Shepherd those whom you love toward the Christ whom you love. […]

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Community Group Multiplication (pt. 1) – 3 Reasons Why it’s Necessary

The Christian life is most fully experienced with community. God doesn’t call us to follow Him by ourselves. There is great value in getting together regularly with a small group of people for encouragement and strengthening. But what happens when that group gets so large that it can’t effectively reach the needs of the entire […]

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Web Slinging 8.21.14

Here’s what I’ve been reading from around the web recently. Paul Tripp had a great post on community. He writes, “God ordained Christian community precisely because I can’t face life on my own.” It’s a great reminder for all of us, go check out his reasoning. Jen Thorn had a great post over on For […]

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Tweets of the Week 8.19.14

Here are some of the tweets that either made me think or ministered to me from last couple of weeks: Darrin Patrick @darrinpatrick Don’t resist wisdom from God through people with whom you disagree. #commongrace Chris Swain @ChrisSwain73  In leadership we try to determine how best to lead people. In spiritual leadership we determine best how to […]

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Preaching Dad’s Funeral

This past Saturday, I was tasked with preaching a funeral. Not my first, third actually. The first was for friends whose infant died suddenly. The second was for the grandfather of a good friend. But this one was the hardest by far. This one was the funeral of my Dad. When he was diagnosed with stage […]

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6 VBS Thoughts

Last week we did Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Redeemer. We’ve done it for the past six years, in some form or another. We are still learning our way through it. Here are six things to consider when it comes to VBS. Plan Planning for an event like VBS needs to start early. In years […]

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Tweets of the Week 7.29.14

Here are the tweets that I saw last week that stopped and made me think. @D6Family: “Kids cry out for leadership. It’s called parenting”. Ron Hunter #d6family #fammin @BurkParsons: In heaven I look forward to hearing everyone tell the story of God’s grace in their lives, while listening to Jesus fill in all the gaps. […]

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Amazed with Jesus?

As you read through any of the gospels, (for me it’s been Mark this summer) did you ever notice how people responded to Jesus’ words and works? Mark uses words like “amazed” (1:27, 2:12, 9:15, 10:24, 10:32, 15:5), “astonished” (1:22, 6:2, 6:50, 7:37, 10:26, 11:18), and “marveled” (5:20, 6:6, 12:17). As I kept coming across […]

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