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The Story of Jesus

During a recent snow day, my son forced my wife into being the videographer for her multi-scene story of Jesus which he told with Lego Jesus, Jenga blocks, Disney princesses as the women at the tomb, and Lego Mixels as the Pharisees. We still need to work on a bit of clarity in some of his stories, but he has …

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Guest Blog: Go Love, Go Serve

Social media has been on fire as of late with differing opinions concerning the state of our country and the decisions that are being made. Recently, a friend of mine who also happens to be a member of our church, wrote some comments that I asked her to develop into a blog post. Her thoughts reflect my own opinions and, …

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The Dangerous Duty of Democracy

Last night I was sitting in my bedroom with my iPad flipping back and forth between the election results and Facebook. As election results came in, Facebook blew up in a million different directions. Politics has always rubbed me the wrong way. There is something in all of it that just bothers me – regardless of political system. The main issue that I have is that we were never made for politics. The best system a theocracy – where God runs the show and we listen. But, as the kings of Israel and Judah have shown us, we’re not always that good at listening anyway. The second half of my issue is, I think, the many ways that the Devil uses politics to propel us into sin. This morning, as I pondered these things, I decided to sit down and think about the ways that politics causes me to sin and some of the ways that I have seen this election process cause those around me to sin. Here is my list so far.

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A Letter to My Church Concerning my Issues with Joel Osteen

To the Congregation at Cuyahoga Valley Church,   I recently preached a message from Acts 4 – the story of Peter and John being arrested for proclaiming Christ and their subsequent questioning by the religious elite. The aim of my sermon was to help people see the importance of the proclaimed gospel. The gospel is a message that demands a …

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3 Excellent Digital Tools for Scripture Memory

I just got back from a fantastic weekend at Winter Retreat with the teens from my church. It was a wonderful weekend of worship, teaching, camaraderie, and fun. We studied Ephesians 6:10-20Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) – the armor of God. One of the things that challenged me was the importance of Scripture memory. I have been lazy in my Scripture memory and it is an area that I need to grow in this year. Over the years I have used several different tools to memorize Scripture, and I am resurrecting several of them to up the ante when it comes to wielding the sword! Hopefully they will help you too!

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Dad, Where Did God Come From?

The drive to school with my 2nd and 3rd grade children was interesting this morning. We were talking about God and I was attempting to make the Trinity understandable. This, of course, was difficult as I’m pretty confident that their seminary-educated father doesn’t perfectly understand how it all works. But I was making the best of it – using the good old egg analogy.

Then came the question, “Dad, where did God come from?”

This post offers some resources that might help you explore this question (and others concerning God) to your little heart’s content!

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10 Resources For Your Theological Roots

I remember getting my first job (and only job) as a pastor over 10 years ago. Well….I wasn’t reeeally a pastor, I was a worship guy. Regardless of what you want to call me, I was theologically clueless. I knew that I was a bad dude who needed forgiveness, and I knew that Jesus died on the cross to take the …

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Life’s Bumps and Bruises

Last night we went out with some friends for a bike ride. One of the bikes was broken, so the mom’s walked in the park while us dads took the kids on the bike trail. It was an interesting and enjoyable time of trying to teach them how to ride appropriately on the path, moving over for other bikers, and …

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I Can’t Put My Babies In A Basket

My wife does not write often, but when she does, she cuts to the heart. Many friends of hers on Facebook have already had the opportunity to read this and it has received so many encouraging comments that I felt it needed a life outside of her Facebook page. For all you mom’s out there…   I can’t put my babies …

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Are Your Plans For Your Kids The Same As God’s?

I was chatting with my 7-year-old son tonight as he was getting ready for bed and he suddenly said, “Mom didn’t think this was a very good idea, but I want to be a wild-man” At first I though, “O geeze – what does this mean!?” So I asked him to elaborate. He went on to explain that he wants …