Happy 499th Reformation Day!

Happy 499 Birthday of the Reformation! On October 31, 1517, pastor and professor Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 arguments on a church door in Germany. Back then that’s how you started a discussion. Luther’s arguments gained wide acceptance and were sent throughout Europe via the newly invented printing press. Central to his concern […]

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7 Reasons Why We Go

Currently, my wife Susie and I are in Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Moldova) for two weeks of ministry. This is our second mission trip in the last two months. While on our flight across the Atlantic, I made a couple of notes about why it is important for us to take trips such as this […]

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The Shame of Segregated Sundays

Yesterday, at Valley Christian Church, we set aside the current Summer sermon series we are in and instead, I preached a sermon addressing the racial tensions that our country now sees played out with regularity in current events. The name of the sermon was “The Reconciled Church”. Racial reconciliation has been a passion point for […]

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No, Your Synthesizer Is Not the Holy Spirit

“In recent decades, ambient sounds have become omnipresent in church gatherings. Meetings start with a synth swell and every song after that is connected to the next with musical glue. Synth pads play softly behind prayer, Scripture readings, song intros, communion and, in some cases, the preaching. If you don’t have someone who can produce the necessary sounds, no worries. “worship pads” in every key are available […]

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