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Dear Avid Christian Sports Fan

on Feb 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Dear Avid Christian Sports Fan… Just stop. Seriously, this is getting a bit old. Don’t get me wrong, I was an avid, scream at the refs and harp on the other team’s best player guy, until my Junior year of college. Do, I get a little fired up during Bears games? Yes. Do I sometimes get mad at Gerry Davis when he blows a call at Comerica? Yes. Do I yell at the New Haven coaches when they play Norwell because one of them is a foot on the floor? No. What I don’t understand is when did it become appropriate to act like a 14 year old the moment you get into an arena or stadium, just in the name of being a great fan? When did it become ok to dehumanize athletes who, in most cases, are using the talents they have developed over time, to get a degree or make a living? When was it ok to act as mature as your shoe size and not your age? The situation that developed a...

What We Can Learn From Dr. King

on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Today is the day that we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for all the things that his life spurred on. It is a significant day for many to celebrate the transformation this country saw because of the things that he did. But, if that’s all this is, we have missed the point because there is so much more that we can continue to learn from Dr. King’s example. Of all the things that Dr. King taught us, one of the primary lessons was how he did it different. It doesn’t take a long look into Dr. King’s life to recognize what drove him to believe the things he did about the status of our nation. Everything he did was based on his personal belief in his Creator. Everything he did flowed from his relationship with Christ. Why is that important? It’s important because it dictated how he went about instigating change. It is important because it was the driving force...

One Name

on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Is your name powerful? We sang the song “Jesus, Son of God” yesterday and I couldn’t stop thinking about the power that comes in that one name. I mean when people say my name, generally nothing happens. I’m not really sure that there is any other name that makes things happen as powerfully as the name of Jesus. It amazes me what can happen because of this one name. Jesus. It causes people to stumble and it causes people to rise up. It causes people to be mystified and it causes people to embrace they mystery. It has caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the sick to be healed, the prisoner to be freed, the dead to rise, and it has provided light in the midst of darkness. All at the sound of one name. Jesus. The Son of God. The one name that every other name bows to. One name. So, how much do you trust the power of that one name? How much do you believe in...

Incredible Video from This Week

on Jan 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Incredible Video from This Week

just wait

on Jan 14, 2014 | 1 comment

When you don’t know where to turn, just stop and wait. I remember countless times that I would get lost in Target or Walmart or Kmart or whatever “mart” my family and I were in on a given day. I remember the panic that seemed to come over me and the frantic running around the store I would do until I found my mom. Those were some pretty nerve-wracking moments for an 8-year old, ADD kid who was more interested in the latest video game system than sticking with my mom. And my mom was bound to let me learn. Now don’t get the idea that my mom neglected me. No doubt she probably got super annoyed with me, but I always found her. Of course there were moments that I didn’t think I was going to, but I always did. Funny thing was, my mom instructed me that if I ever got lost to just stop and wait for her where ever I was, and that she would find me. If only I would...

Don’t Be Surprised

on Jan 10, 2014 | 2 comments

All is back to normal in the universe again.  All conservatives, Christians, and red-blooded Americans that believe in freedom can raise their victory flags once again. The colors can stand tall and free again because our good friend and reality TV buddy is going back on the tube. And on January 15th, everybody will be “happy, happy, happy” once again. But should we be surprised that we had to go through that? That was somewhat cynical, pointed, and probably ticked off half of my readers. I’ve had a couple conversations about this whole thing and wonder if perhaps we have lost sight of something that transpired in this whole conversation that should be addressed, embraced, and challenged. I’m especially talking to the Christians in this situation. One of the main things I witnessed through this “scandal” is this overwhelming desire to be VALIDATED....

Merry Christmas from Me!

on Dec 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Every year, my mom would compose a christmas letter. Sometimes it was done in a timely fashion and sometimes at the last second. But, we always had a Christmas letter. So, here’s my delayed Christmas letter in lieu of just posting my Facebook Year in Review! This year has had many transitions. In January, I was working at a church in Yoder, IN. My friends at Living Faith Missionary treated me so well. I was so blessed to be able to take a few guys to Passion 2013. It was a trip that I cherished and loved what God continues to speak to my life through that experience. I didn’t officiate near as much this year as I found myself invested in other areas. I began getting connected to the Norwell community and investing my time in ways that would bless the area that I was working in. I was blessed to be able to connect with the Norwell Baseball team as their announcer and saw...

be still.

on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

I was home sitting in my bed after talking to a friend about an opportunity I was going to have to speak about His gospel. The good news of His gospel. It was in this moment that a song came on my iTunes. It was a quiet moment in my room. The song was “Still” by Andrew Laparra. It’s a quiet song. A song of stillness. And right in the middle of that song, the verse from the Psalms rang true so clearly and so boldly: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 Wow. Be still and now that I am God. The nations will praise my name, the world around me will soon recognize that I am the Great I Am, and that a connection with me is the only thing that will restore their souls. Wow. Be still, and remember that I am your God. Incredible. I can’t get over the context that this phrase...