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Overwhelming Odds vs. Overwhelming God

2 Chronicles 13 tells the story of King Abijah of Judah, the great grandson of King David. Abijah and his army had gone out to battle against the army of Israel led by King Jeroboam. Militarily, the prospects of victory … Continue reading

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Aching for Maturity

There’s a challenge I didn’t expect in raising missionary support. The most common question I’ve been asked by strangers is “Do you have children?” It’s not just a casual get-to-know-you question; they’re asking deeper questions. They’re really asking … How … Continue reading

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A Lifestyle of Leaving

What do you call … Twenty-seven hundred square feet of aged pine? A crumbling foundation buckling inward like an octogenarian’s knees? Damp plaster expanses with varicose cracks revealing age? Asphalt shingles curled by the relentless heat of the Kansas sun? … Continue reading

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The Caffeinated Life of Radical Obedience

Here I sit with two of my favorite things; bright warm sunlight and dark hot coffee. It still seems odd to call coffee “a favorite thing.” For forty-six of my almost forty-seven years I liked only one thing about coffee … Continue reading

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Preparing for Missions is Like Facing Death

Preparing for the mission field involves loss on many levels; leaving a church that we love, parting with our two cats, weeding through boxes of memories, letting go of family heirlooms, parting with my tools. We’re certain God wants us … Continue reading

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READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Read the latest edition of Converge Worldwide’s Point magazine. The feature article is about our future ministry partners Glenn & Susan Herschberger. Sue and I also show up in the article and it gives a great snapshot of the ministry … Continue reading

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Should We Build? Part 3 of “Three Questions from Acts 20”

The fundraising trail challenges your conventional view of the church. Just a few steps down this path and I’m deeply convicted with the inordinate emphasis we place on buildings. Having served a church with expansive facilities, I know the hours of staff and … Continue reading

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Is the Church Secure? Part 2 of “Three Questions from Acts 20”

I started this series before the latest shooting spree in Connecticut, but the physical security of the church has been on my mind for years. When I attended seminary there were no classes on how to protect your people against … Continue reading

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How Much is a Church Worth

You might hear that question discussed at the Finance Committee or Board level of any church? How would you go about answering such a question? Let me use the church I’m currently serving as a case study. You might begin … Continue reading

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Mission Planning

The best ministry partner a guy could have. Here’s Sue at our favorite coffee shop … drinking spiced chai and talking newsletters and MailChimp.                

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