Congregational Life

Icons of Jesus

Icon = a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. Every relationship in your life is to be an “icon” of the relationship between Jesus and His beloved bride, the church. The way you love others is to reflect the way Jesus loves you. Our love, like the love of Jesus, is to be sacrificial, unconditional and incarnational. We’re to give up our own self-love. We’re to love others no matter what....

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Off to Germany & Switzerland

I’ll be traveling to Germany and Switzerland from May 10-20. My family and a group primarily from Faith Lutheran Church will be joining me as we trace the steps of Martin Luther and other important figures from the Reformation. We’re going this year because Oct. 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the date when Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany…sparking the...

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3 Keys for Marriage Ministry

I really appreciate the work being done by Jay and Laura Laffoon of “Celebrate Ministries.” They share our focus on building up marriages in God’s way. They understand that God’s grace and guidance produce strong marriages, strong families, strong churches and strong communities. I just received a great article from the Laffoons about the importance of an active marriage ministry. It’s well written and highlights...

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What We Provide…

Many have asked us for a concise summary of what Heather and I provide to help marriages, families, churches…the world! Here it is!   What we teach… 1. How God’s way for marriage shapes every relationship & particularly shapes our Gospel witness to ALL the world! 2. Sharing God’s instructions for marriage & relationships from Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:5 & Eph. 5:31f in a SIMPLE, MEMORABLE and CHRIST-CENTERED way, utilizing...

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NEXT Marriage Seminar!

Heather and I continue to enjoy hosting our Marriage in God’s Way seminars.  We’ve had thousands of couples join us to prepare for or grow in a rewarding godly marriage.  It’s been a true joy to see the enthusiastic participation and to hear the positive feedback.  The most rewarding seminars have been those we’ve hosted at our own congregation.  We then have the privilege to see the real change in couples’...

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Sabbatical Tour 2018

The leadership of my congregation, Faith Lutheran Church, Grand Blanc, MI, has just agreed to join me in a grand adventure for the summer of 2018. Together, we will seek God’s blessing on a time of sabbatical renewal. Now that I’ve been serving at Faith for 10 years, we want to join in thanking God for guiding us to His way for awesome relationships with Jesus and everyone else. During these years, I’ve completed my DMin...

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Life in God’s Way

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