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Jun
9
2014

Leaning into I AM

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On Friday I shared a little about the way our pride can take control and cause us to take matters into our own hands. The danger of writing about these things is that you begin to think through how it applies to your own life. During the course of our classroom conversations on Friday, our professor reminded us that the main character of the book of Genesis is God. We love to say that the main […]

Jun
2
2014

The Apologetic Update Post

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I know, it is a bad cliche: infrequent posts over the course of six months, with an occasional apologetic update post. I really hate those. Yet here we are. I would be lying if I said that one year ago I thought I would be living in Texas and going to school. Since our move in December life has moved incredibly fast and I am amazed that it is June. So, how about a run […]

Mar
12
2014

Learning from the Rich Peverley Incident

A HeartStart Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Perhaps you heard the story of Rich Peverley, the Dallas Stars center who had a “cardiac event” in the middle of Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Peverley had just come off the ice when he collapsed on the bench. The next few minutes were critical when it came to saving his life: Head athletic trainer Dave Zeis and team physician William Robertson carried Peverley by his feet and hands to the back. […]

Mar
10
2014

On Being Careful What We Wish For

Church and State

This story made my blood run cold: (Reuters) – As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an “internal political crisis” in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity. Patriarch Kirill’s words echoed Putin’s argument – ridiculed in the West – that armed units in Ukraine’s southern region were not Russian soldiers but self-defense forces fearing for their safety under the new […]

Mar
5
2014

Let What We Do In Here Fill the Streets Out There

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I am reading Worship and Mission After Christendom by Alan and Eleanor Kreider for one of my classes. I have enjoyed the book so far, but I was particularly struck last night by something I read: People asked questions, “Why do you…?” And the Christian answer, stated by Bishop Cyprian during the great plague of 251, was that the Christians were doing in life what they have learned in worship. These days, there is a great deal […]

Mar
3
2014

Creating New Rhythms in New Places

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It’s been a fascinating few months. Three months ago Theresa and I loaded up all of our worldly possessions and headed for Texas. While we did drive through a minor snow storm, we got out just before the heavens opened up, creating one of the snowiest winters ever recorded on Long Island. Since then, we have been slowly settling into our new home and attempting to establish new rhythms for our life. We moved into our new home […]

Jan
2
2014

The Obligatory New Year Post

Road sign to new year

Exit 2013, enter 2014. Bob Dylan pretty much summed up my life these days: the times, they are a-changin. When 2013 started I was neck-deep in coordinating Sandy Relief teams working on Long Island. Theresa and I were continuing to grieve the passing of her father, and we were beginning to think about what was next for us. Fast forward one year, and things have radically changed. As I write this post, I look around my […]

Dec
16
2013

And Then We Moved to Waco…

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It has been a whirlwind of a month for Theresa and I, but I am excited to announce that we have arrived in Waco. We close on our house Wednesday, and hope to get our stuff moved in pretty quickly after that (if this is new to you, read this). We will be making one last trip to Long Island this weekend for our community group’s Christmas extravaganza and to say our final farewell to […]

Nov
20
2013

Sic’em Bears, or You’re Doing WHAT?!?!

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Three and a half years ago, Theresa and I moved to Long Island in order to care for her ailing father. This has been an amazing time for us, and while it was not a season that I would wish on anyone, it has been a season of growth for each of us, both as individuals and as a couple. When Theresa’s dad passed away a little over a year ago, we agreed that we […]

Nov
12
2013

Why YOU Need to Check Out The Nines TODAY!

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As you may know, today is Leadership Network’s annual conference called The Nines. In many ways, The Nines is like any other church leadership conference: great speakers, fantastic content, and practical ideas to put into use in you church context. What makes The Nines different is the fact that it is totally online, and everyone gets five minutes to share. That’s right, Rick Warren gets five minutes, Larry Osborne gets five minutes, and my friend […]

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