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Sabbatical Summary

Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege to enjoy a sabbatical from my regular routine of pastoral service. As I reflect, I must answer the question…was it worthwhile? My exuberant answer is absolutely “YES!” I’ve gained a profound appreciation of the truth that LIFE IS REWARDING AND JOYFUL when it’s lived IN GOD’S WAY! My goal these past two months was primarily to practice what I preach when it comes to living out loving...

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Family Time

As my sabbatical continues, I’ve had the opportunity to continue to practice what I preach. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying some quality time with Heather, the kids and Hannah’s boyfriend, Matthew. This has been greatly needed as I’ve neglected them a bit over the last couple crazy-busy months. Here are some highlights of the past few days together…

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Sabbatical!

I’m now enjoying my long-awaited sabbatical! Heather and I are in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains near Pigeon Forge, TN. The mountains, trees, wildlife and flowers are beautiful. Heather and I have had some awesome hikes to rejuvenate after some long, grueling weeks of work. It’s a great place to read and catch up on a number of things I’ve had to push off until now. A big priority is preparing for the latter part of the...

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Family Foundations

Yesterday was a special day at Faith Lutheran Church of Grand Blanc. We were able to honor Rev. Dr. John Heins as he has reached the milestone of being a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for sixty years. This is an achievement worthy of recognition in itself, but the reason why we’re especially grateful here at Faith is that John began his public ministry as the first pastor of the congregation. John was leading worship and his...

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Infinity and Beyond

The concept of infinity is truly mind-boggling. We can NOT comprehend it. When I was in my teens I would sometimes get myself worked up by trying to fathom where “everything started.” What was before before before before…? What was God doing BEFORE He made the universe? Did He make other universes before ours to experiment a bit? Are we model #1,254,368? Such things can be quite troubling if we try to handle them using our...

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Life in God’s Way

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