Youth ministry is ultimately a calling to faithfulness

When I was in Michigan for Open Grand Rapids I had the chance of catching up with some families in Romeo. I left that time really, really encouraged. For some, it was the first time I’d seen them in almost 6 years. But you know what? For everyone, it felt like a couple weeks when we…… Continue reading Youth ministry is ultimately a calling to faithfulness

Our Housing Nightmare: Coming Soon

Kristen and I have doozy of a story to tell. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you call your congressmen. It will make you sell your stock in banks. Most importantly, it will show you the difference between media hype about the housing market and Main Street realities.…… Continue reading Our Housing Nightmare: Coming Soon

Things I’m thinking about today

Ever just have a hodgepodge of slush in your mind? Here’s some random thoughts this morning. – While I still think of myself as a down-the-middle, maybe even conservative evangelical Christian… I’m finding myself tired of the grey haired leaders. – As much as I’d like to say I agree with the complimentarian position of…… Continue reading Things I’m thinking about today

The human side of forclosure

This is powerful. Obviously, Kristen and I are feeling quite fortunate that this isn’t our story. But for hundreds of thousands of Americans this is a video that reflects their life, their belongings, and their dreams. As Jake asks, is there a ministry opportunity here? HT to Jake

What’s up with “that church?”

I’ve had several people ask me about the church in Romeo, so here’s a quick update. I know a bunch of people who go there read my blog… so please feel free to fill in the blanks by leaving a comment. Did the church close? Nope, they just changed their name. Do they still have…… Continue reading What’s up with “that church?”

Risk vs. Opportunity

A common theme in my mind lately has been how we look at the choices we make. As one would imagine, Kristen and I are making tons of decisions right now. And we’ve come to this conclusion: Most decisions are morally neutral and the outcome depends on you. Quick disclaimer: Look, I know that there…… Continue reading Risk vs. Opportunity

Garage sale thoughts

The last two days I’ve been in charge of the sale department for our garage sale. So while Kristen may have done the majority of the work, she simply has no ability/desire to look at someone and say “I want $20 for that chair.” I think I was meant for a haggle-based society so it’s…… Continue reading Garage sale thoughts