Leader, Check Your Pride

“Leader, Check Your Pride.” “A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.”  Proverbs 29:23 (NASB) As I mentioned in my last post, we had the privilege to take a few days off for Spring Break this year.  One of the things we did...

Leader, Stay Alive

“Leader, Stay Alive.” We got the privilege to take a few days off for Spring Break this year.  One of the things we did was tour a Civil War battlefield.  My son and I are both history nuts and thankfully my wife and daughter actually seemed to mildly...
Stop at the Crossroads: Speed or Simplicity?

Stop at the Crossroads: Speed or Simplicity?

Speed or Simplicity? What do you do when you get to a yellow light?  Do you slow down or do you put your foot down on the peddle and go for it? If we are being honest, most of us, myself included, gas it! We probably learned in driver’s education that yellow was a...
Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks

Doing Jumping Jacks by Elton H. LaBree Somewhere along the way the mental aspect of spiritual life overtook the other elements.  I think it is time for a corrective. Jesus said in Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with...
Wounds of a Friend

Wounds of a Friend

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend” Recently, I was confronted by a very good friend.  Now, I am not one that enjoys being confronted about my weaknesses, (none of us are).  However, the following verse from the Bible reminds me that sometimes such confrontation is...
I Want to Be Less “Christian” (but more like Jesus)

I Want to Be Less “Christian” (but more like Jesus)

There was a time in my life where I thought the evangelical Christian subculture was just about as close to heaven as one could get before actually arriving.  The Christian t-shirts, concerts, radio, movies…it’s all there.  However, I am growing...
Who Is That?

Who Is That?

Every Sunday, there is a person that stands at the front of a Christian worship gathering.  Who is that person?  What do you call that person?  Yes, that person has a first and last name, but that person also has a unique role in the church that goes by many different...
Interview with Adam Dohrn

Interview with Adam Dohrn

I sat down with community youth pastor, Adam Dohrn to discuss the challenges facing youth today.  Adam is leads Student Connection, a joint youth program of seven churches in the Aplington, Iowa area.  To stay up to date with The Student Connection, like them on...
My Top 5 Books of 2016

My Top 5 Books of 2016

I love to read.  I guess I always have.  One of my earliest memories of reading was a little picture Bible set.  I nearly wore out the Joshua and Judges book of the collection!  Joshua’s battle at Jericho, Gideon, Sampson… all those guys, stirred the hearts of a...