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Worship is Not Filler

I was recently leading worship at an event where the MC announced to the congregation, “Make sure you arrive on time to our next gathering!  We’ll be jumping right into the thick of things and we won’t have any ‘worship filler.’” Besides struggling with my personal feelings of being devalued, I had to contend with […]

10 Lessons I Have Learned From a Decade of Web Development

It’s hard to believe that I have been developing web sites for about a decade now. I still remember my introduction to the web back in high school when the model was “the more the better”, and “if it flashes or moves, it’s cool.”  Back then, hover effects were a pro-grade effect, tables were still the […]

10 Things from My Backcountry Kit that Work Great on Outreach

This is the first installment in a two-part series on things that translate from backcountry use and practice onto the mission field. Being the gear junkie that I am, I’m kicking things off with my personal, and EDTS field-tested, top 10 pieces of gear that translate from a backcountry kit to the mission field. Check back later for part […]

Courage for the Battle

If someone advised you, “Take courage!” how would you respond? “Why?” might be my immediate response. In Joshua 1:6-9, we see the Lord commanding Joshua to be “strong and courageous” three times. But if we take a closer look, we also see the Lord commanding Joshua to obey the Law three times as well. The Lord […]

Knowing Vs Believing

I will be vulnerable and honestly say this past month has been hard for me. Our ministry here in Nepal has been spirit led, the team has continually grown, and we have had the privilege to see God moving in Nepal. In spite of all of this, this past month has still been a struggle. This is the […]

Planning your Engagement, Wedding, & Honeymoon

Plan For God’s Sake! This post and Ron’s previous article entitled “Sex & Engagement” are excerpts from an upcoming book that he is writing on this topic. Check this space for more information as it becomes available. What we do is for Future Generations I often say this to young couples in their pre-marital counseling. […]

Endurance, Discipleship, & The Great Outdoors

I was recently invited to be the guest speaker at a Wisconsin church’s outdoor family ministry banquet.  The banquet is a few months off, but as I started preparing for what I might share – perhaps some personal stories from the great outdoors, tying a life of outdoor pursuits into the life of a disciple […]

Emotions – A Biblical Perspective

Importance of a Biblical Worldview In today’s prevailing society, we have a greater influx of worldviews and standpoints than we have ever have had before. Whether through synthetic cultural significances, faulty presuppositions, or biblical misunderstandings, duplicity and error are mines in the battlefield of man’s mind. In these times, only the word of God exudes […]

Bring Him Home

There is an ancient Celtic saying that goes something like this: “Heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter.” Have you ever experienced a place like this; a moment where, as the poet Sharlande Sledge describes, “Where the door between this world and the next is […]

Bringing Hope to the Darkest Places

While watching mopeds zip by on one of Chiang Rai’s busiest streets, I wait to meet Kelli at a café. Kelli is the founder of Ezekiel Rain, a ministry committed to bringing restoration to children rescued from sex trafficking. Kelli walks through the door, we order coffee, and before getting into the details of her […]