Thursday, July 03, 2014

This month I am stepping away from Facebook. What used to keep me connected to people has actually had the reverse effect. So, I'm pausing and retreating for a month.

I've been challenged by John 15 and the teaching of Jesus. In John 15 Jesus points out that fruitfulness comes from abiding/remaining in Him. So often I try to force fruitfulness and skip abiding because I like to control the pace and make things happen.  Jesus challenges us to find more effectiveness and fruitfulness by doing the counter-intuitive thing, and abide.  Mike Breen encourages people to work from the position of rest, rather than resting from work.

I do unplug, but instead of abiding I can find myself avoiding...avoiding issues, problems, pain, responsibility, etc...  Also, instead of remaining, I can quickly remove myself.  I don't think abiding and remaining in Christ is an escape. Rather, it is bringing all the stuff, anxieties, worries, and responsibilities and again placing them firmly into the hands of Jesus. It is getting your identity back. It is getting perspective. It is turning the sound down on the loud voices around us and tuning into the voice of the One who truly matters most.

I'm in a season that I desire to abide. The challenge is to not merely avoid.

So, pulling away from Facebook is one attempt to carve out some additional space for health.

Friday, June 06, 2014

The kids wrapped up their final day of school today. Summer officially begins at this moment. I wondered if it was ever going to get here. This Winter was relentless and long. With the Summer comes the pressure to seize it and squeeze out every last drop of Summer-fun out of it!

My wife and I are trying to put together some Summer goals... like a bucket list of things we want to seize this Summer. We will never be able to top last Summer. Last Summer was my sabbatical and we had an amazing family trip out West.

Some ideas so far...

  • Camping
  • Big neighborhood party
  • Baseball games (Minor League and Major League)
  • Lots of beach nights
  • Trip to Chicago
  • Trip to Mackinaw Island
  • Michigan's Adventure
  • Build a fort
  • Play lots of whiffle ball
Anyways, should be good. Summer is often a time of personal and spiritual renewal for me as well. My desire is to learn to "abide" with Jesus in increasing ways this Summer. Jesus says in John 15:5 that if we remain/abide/live in Him and He remains/abides/lives in us, we will bear much fruit. But, apart from Him we can do nothing. So, I desire to grow in abiding and connecting to Jesus this Summer.

I like to do this through walking while praying, listening, reading Scripture, and being in nature. 

So, I suppose no one is reading this (since I stopped this blog a while back) but if you stumble across it - I hope you have an outstanding Summer (unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere).  :)

Monday, June 02, 2014

It has been eleven years since I left my position at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church (now All Shores Wesleyan) to embark on planting Watermark Church. I spent some time and looked back through the posts from that first Summer.  Good memories, but also a lot of fear and insecurity. I don't think those things ever really go away.

I remember walking around the downtown area of Grand Haven that Summer of 2003. I spent time walking around town, praying, meeting people, writing down notes and reading. That was a good Summer filled with a lot of new relationships and risks.

I'd like to  revisit the intentional missional posture that I tried to live out. Perhaps this Summer will be a time of adventure and seeking to discover where God is already doing His stuff...and seeking to humbly join in.

God, reveal what you are up to.  Deepen our relationship and give me courage to respond to Your moves.  Amen.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

LOST???? Here is where you should go.

Well, I am archiving this site and starting fresh over at - come on over!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

what is up?

This blog was a great place for me to chronicle the beginnings of starting a church as well as learning about life. It was a lot of fun and we even had quite a bit of conversation back in the day.

But, alas, this site is overgrown with weeds from inactivity.

So what is next?

I am in the early stages of putting together a new site. I am excited about it.

I will keep you posted. I hope it creates more conversations and even spurs me on to live and love more like Jesus.

Thanks for hanging out here from time to time. Updates will come.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kid's Hope

I mentor a 3rd grade boy. I'm amazed at how much a difference is made from such little, but faithful and intentional time.

Check out the video. My friend Scott is trying to get a million people to watch it - so please pass it on!