- Reading Why Write? by Mark Edmundson lately. Gotta figure out how to wake the muse.
- Football season is here. I love college football!
- My children are "back to school" today. It's been a good summer, but the third grade calls.
- I was asked to teach Latin this year. "ikay Okay".
- The degree in which we attempt to make discipleship a formula is the degree in which we disconnect discipleship from relationship.
- I am more convinced that the more the evangelical church ignores the doctrine of Union with Christ the more likely we are to make up other things to mark our "holiness".
- I love how Stephanie jumps in fright watching Stranger Things.
- So far Need to Breathe's HARDLOVE is the album of the year.
- I think my fantasy football teams will be abysmal this year. Actually I'm pretty confident they will.
- I'm grateful for the pastors that see far beyond attendance numbers and budget size into the very heart of the gospel – people being formed into the image of Christ.
If you had told me a year ago all that this year would have brought I would have probably hidden in a cave somewhere. Simply put it’s been the most difficult year of my life. However in this last year it’s been a time of growth and seeing much of the grace of God in our lives. Trial is many times a form of God’s grace to give us something greater and better for our good and his glory. God has been writing that story large in my life this last year.
Part of that story is in God redirecting my ministry path and opening a door for me to serve him with an incredible church in the Detroit Metro area. This last week I was called to work and serve at Woodside Bible Church in Troy, MI. Woodside is a church that has been impacting Detroit and the world for sixty years. Spread out over nine regional campus (plus an Internet campus), the church has been seeing the grace of God and the advance of the gospel far and wide. Under the leadership of Pastor Doug Schmidt I am confident and excited to be part of a dynamic team of campus pastors and leaders.
Specifically, I will be leading a campus and working to see people “BELONG to Christ, GROW in Christ, and REACH the world for Christ.”
Please be praying for our family as we get ready for a big transition to Detroit and need to find a place to live, setting on a school situation for our daughter, and restart life in a new place. Pray for me also as I settle into a new role and begin to labor for the sake of the gospel. We are eager to get to 2015 and see all that God has for us in a new place.
Michigan, Wolverine, Here We Come!
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