Recent Blog Posts

Abandoning the Family

My wife, Heather, and I were just reflecting on all the changes we’ve seen in the congregations I’ve served for the past 28 years. One thing that struck us both is the number of people who have simply “dropped out” along the way. These are members of the faith family that haven’t moved away, joined another worshiping body or died. They’ve just fallen off the radar. Why? It’s a puzzle. Many were very...

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Marriage Proclaims God’s Foolish Way for Justification

This past Tuesday I led an opening devotion for a regional gathering of pastors. I shared thoughts that were well received and decided to repeat some of it here. The conference theme was that God’s way of justification by grace through faith in our crucified Savior, Jesus, is foolishness in our current culture. Along those lines, I noted how marriage is a perfect illustration of this. God’s way for marriage is a way of sacrifice and...

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Author’s Showcase April 7th

Would love to have you drop by McFarlen library in Grand Blanc, MI on Saturday, April 7th from 1-4pm. I’ll be taking part in a local authors’ showcase, sharing info., answering questions and signing copies of my book, Handing Out Life. Come join me in supporting the community and sharing the gift of God’s word on relationships. Plus, I’ll have free candy...

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Winter Camping

Last Friday night I had the joy of camping with my daughter, Hannah, who was wrapping up her “spring” break. We stayed in our new camper-van as a test run for future mission trips and recreation. Our campsite was in Bay City State Park on the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. Even though it got down to 22 degrees Fahrenheit at night, we were cozy in our camper. We made awesome chicken alfredo in the instant pot and enjoyed some beautiful...

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Stewardship of Marriage

I just read an excellent article on a topic dear to my heart…the stewardship of marriage. It is the latest StewardCAST article from LCMS Stewardship Ministry. Link to it by clicking HERE. This article contains some excellent points. As I’ve also said before, “…stewardship is not so much about what is done, but rather the identity of the one doing it.” And, since our identity comes from the God who made us...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview