Category Archives: Church

A View from My Seat

I have a great seat to see what God is doing through the church. Today I want to celebrate a few of the stories that I’m hearing. In our youth ministry, a non-Christian student struggled to feel loved.  At our … Continue reading

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Gifts from Heaven and Starbucks

Recently, a dear man of God dropped by out of the blue and dropped off a gift from heaven and a gift from Starbucks. From Starbucks came two cookies that could be savored with a cup of strong black coffee. … Continue reading

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From Doing Ministry to Developing Ministers

Pastors who do their job poorly focus attention on themselves; pastors who do their job properly equip the saints from the work of ministry (Eph 4:12). Recently our pastoral staff has been discussing how we can shift our focus from … Continue reading

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Responding to Harvey and the Joys of a Denomination

Watching the news about Hurricane Harvey can be numbing. As we see picture after picture of devastation and destruction, we easily turn away and dismiss these pictures out of hand.  James 2:15–16 warns us that if a brother or sister … Continue reading

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Creation Filled (Gen 1:14–25)

Authority orders according to its proper function. In my role as a senior pastor, my authority is not to be expressed in ordering people for my selfish ends (e.g., picking up my dry cleaning and coffee) but to mobilize our … Continue reading

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Trellis and Vine

The organic growth of a vine must happen along with the structural development of a trellis; too much trellis hampers the growth of a vine, inadequate trellis prevents the flourishing of that vine. Similarly the organic growth of the church … Continue reading

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Challenges of Community and Growth

Our Issue  As I listened to Phil Vischer’s message on community from Ephesians, I wondered, “So must the church return to his grandfather’s day in Muscatine, Iowa? Is that the answer?” He insightfully connected the struggles of the church to … Continue reading

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