church, Difference Maker, Jesus

Sola for 500 Years

This year, Halloween happens to fall on a milestone anniversary: the 500th celebration of Reformation Day. On October 31, FIVE HUNDRED years ago… 500… five 100s… in the year 1517, Martin Luther launched a reformolution*. Legend has it that Martin the monk nailed 95 statements (known as theses), to the door of Castle Church in […]

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Bible Study, church, Jesus, worship

You are Running

I gave this message in the Easter Chapel at Crown College this week. I tried to enter into John’s experience as he ran on Sunday morning to the Empty Tomb. What must that have been like? What had he experienced? What had he seen and heard?

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Books, church, devotional, family, generational transference, parenting, spiritual formation

Strong & Courageous: 365 Daily Devotions for Fathers

I’m excited to announce a new book… in time for Father’s Day!  Strong & Courageous: 365 Daily Devotions for Fathers. Ten good friends helped me create and compile this leather bound resource. Each of them is a talented writer and good pastor: Cesar Castillejos, Chris Folkestad, Bryan Halferty, Steven McCready, John Mulholland, Phil Petersen, Tony Roos, Luke […]

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Bible Study, church, community, culture, equip, generational transference, hub, missional, network, youth ministry

Hub Network – 1 Corinthians

There can be friction even in the best networks. Not all coverage is reliable. The greatest connections can become restricted. Paul understood this when he wrote to Christians in the significant city of Corinth. They were a growing and influential network. Their system was integrated with some of the most influential and inspiring early Christians. Yet […]

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Bible Study, church, community, generational transference, hub, Jesus, missional, network

Hub Network – Philemon

True Christian ministry challenges people to be better humans. The bar is set pretty high… but it is ripe with forgiveness, restoration, and new starts. The goal is to encourage people from different backgrounds to work in concert to share God’s life-changing presence with the world. It’s not expected that Christians will be perfect or, more practically, pretend to […]

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church, community, culture, Jesus

How to Be a Christian for the Next 4 Years

Like you, I am trying to find a way forward this election cycle. The American election of 2016 has been an incredibly awkward, stressful, frustrating and demeaning experience. The Founding Father’s foresaw the fragility of the great experiment of democracy… urging the citizenry of the United States to remain vigilant and skeptical against the corrupting temptations of […]

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C&MA, church, community, crown-college, equip, generational transference, generations, Jesus, leadership, network, NEXT, youth ministry

NEXT – Omaha 2016

NEXT is an innovative 1-day training experience for those who want to equip next-generation followers of Jesus. This year our special guest is Rick Lawrence, editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible and author of The Jesus-Centered Life and Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. [We think there’s a theme here!] We’ll also learn from next-generation ministry influencers like Ken Castor, Christy Currie, Brandon Early, Rob Johnson, […]

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Bible Study, C&MA, church, crown-college, equip, network, pastor-shepherd, spiritual formation, theology, youth ministry

Crown’s Bible, Theology and Ministry Department

As our new freshman descend upon campus this weekend, here’s a little peek into what they’ll be experiencing in our Bible, Theology and Ministry Department at Crown College. This Fall marks Crown’s 100th Anniversary… and less importantly, but still significantly, the start of my 7th year as a part of this team. We are so […]

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