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CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED

CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED

Christmas is such a busy time of the year. With all the hustle and bustle of the season it seems like few take the time to really connect in relationships. Add to that social media and the distractions that come with the web based lives we live and true community seems out of reach. Here’s … Continue reading “CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED”


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COMBATING SUICIDE

This week the CDC published its report on mortality rates and causes of death in America for 2017 and the results are alarming.1 Suicide deaths have increased 33 percent since 1999, with the greatest increase coming amongst our youth. Just over the past few months in my wife’s hometown multiple teenagers have committed suicide sending … Continue reading “COMBATING SUICIDE”


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FAITH BASED PARENTING

My last blog generated the most interest I’ve ever had for one, so it sounds like parents everywhere are starving for wisdom on how to raise their kids. Once again, know that my wife and I are on this journey with you. I don’t write as an expert on this; rather, I’m writing as one … Continue reading “FAITH BASED PARENTING”


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5 C’S OF PARENTING

Parenting is hard work, especially in today’s culture. Cell phones, social media, racial and political divides, and the barrage of sexual and gender identity issues have added a new set of ingredients to the parenting soup. Have do you navigate it all? Scripture has some timeless principles to remember and apply. Now, before I share … Continue reading “5 C’S OF PARENTING”


SECOND CHAIR

LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR

Recently I sat down with some of our staff and went over what it looks like to lead from the second chair. Throughout my time in ministry I have had multiple conversations with Student Ministers, Children’s Ministers, Associate Pastors, and other second chair leaders in the church who were frustrated with their Lead Pastor. While … Continue reading “LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR”