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Awaiting Approval

Awaiting Approval 1-27-12I was at the grocery store check out line and I swiped my debit card through the machine. While the machine was processing my card these words flashed on the screen: Awaiting Approval. It certainly wasn’t the first time I had seen that message. Some form of…   Read More »

It Makes me Sad

Recently a video entitled “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus” has gone viral. It is frequently posted on Facebook with people indicating that they “like” the video. The video is a four minute poetic rap by a 20-something male who highlights all the negative aspects of…   Read More »

Being Visionary

When Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away in early October the word that was used to describe him most often was “visionary.” Steve Jobs was a visionary. He saw things that others couldn’t and encouraged people to pursue that vision. His vision for things changed the world in which…   Read More »

Hang in There

Last week I wrote about SMART goals for the New Year. Today we are six days into the new year. Are you still on track with your resolutions? I have already failed at one!I set a goal of reading two or more “church related” books a month this year. One of the strategies I listed for…   Read More »


I am a list maker, planner, goal setting kind of guy. Becky is not. She is much more seat of the pants, it will all work out, don’t worry about it kind of person. We are good for each other. Although my goal setting and plan making can drive her crazy. It is the last week of the year, so…   Read More »

Things Get Lost

The date was chosen for pragmatic reasons. It fit our schedule. I was a first year teacher coaching football and basketball in Eaton Rapids, Michigan (a small town about 20 minutes South of East Lansing). Becky was finishing her senior year at Hope. We had planned to get married in the…   Read More »

God is Odd

As I have been preparing for this week’s message, I have been reflecting on the events that make up the Christmas story. My text for this Sunday is the story of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). Gabriel lays out the whole plan for Mary. She is going to become pregnant,…   Read More »

Romantic Notions

When we lived in Downers Grove 20+ years ago, we lived close enough to walk downtown to Main Street. We loved to walk there with our young family and shop locally. I had a favorite store I would visit frequently. I loved that store. It was quaint, cozy and had merchandize that met my…   Read More »

Wearing Your Colors

Part of my Thanksgiving weekend festivities included attending the Michigan State vs. Northwestern football game. My son, Jesse, is an MSU grad, and he had gotten tickets through the principal of the school where he teaches. She is also an MSU grad. The weather wasn’t the greatest...a…   Read More »

Ants Marching

I suppose this week I should write about Thanksgiving, or maybe the beginning of the Christmas Season (Advent, as we call it in the church world). But that would be a bit too predictable. I didn’t want to write about giving thanks or celebrating gifts.I was in the coffee shop the other…   Read More »

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