Led to Worship by Who?

Led to Worship by Who? Matthew 2:1-8   In our morning devotion yesterday, Pastor Steve took our staff to Matthew 2, where he proceeded to share a few thoughts on the worship of Jesus by...

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The Supremacy of Christ

I write this from Indonesia. I’ve accompanied two members of our Water’s Edge Network...

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Praise

This upcoming Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 6PM at the Central Holland Campus, our worship team from...

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When Things Get Toxic

This weekend we begin a new series entitled, “When Things Get Toxic.” Steve and I are excited about this series.    We begin this Sunday with guest, Gary Thomas....

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Impact through Relational Networks

Yesterday we took our first dive into some of the realities we need to grapple with if our ministry...

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One Anothering One Another

This weekend we begin a new series entitled Summer of Love, where we’ll examine the “one...

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The End of the Beginning

June 1 saw us start another church year at Central. It’s hard to believe that I am now starting my sixth year at Central. Sixth! In some senses so much has changed since 2014. For starters...

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I'm Fed Up

I am fed up! I’m fed up of seeing people, who’ve battled life-long hurts, habits, and...

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Virtual Reality | Day 29

Reproducing Christian leaders lay themselves down in service of others in accordance with...

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Virtual Reality | Day 28

Reproducing Christian leaders lay themselves down in service of others in accordance with God’s plans to spread the good news (2 Timothy 2:2)   In 2 Timothy 4:9-22 we...

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Virtual Reality | Day 27

Reproducing Christian leaders lay themselves down in service of others in accordance with...

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Virtual Reality | Day 26

Reproducing Christian leaders lay themselves down in service of others in accordance with...

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Virtual Reality | Day 25

Reproducing Christian leaders lay themselves down in service of others in accordance with God’s plans to spread the good news (2 Timothy 2:2)   When virtues go wrong, when the mind...

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Virtual Reality | Day 24

  Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with...

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Virtual Reality | Day 23

Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with showing them the...

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Virtual Reality | Day 22

Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with showing them the truth and the way (2 Timothy 3:16-17).   Today I want to address two principal...

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Virtual Reality | Day 21

Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with showing them the...

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Virtual Reality | Day 19

Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with showing them the...

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Virtual Reality | Day 20

Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with showing them the truth and the way (2 Tim. 3:16-17).   The first WORD of chapter 3 sets the tone for the...

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Virtual Reality | Day 18

The Caution for a Christian Leader   But understand this, that in the last days there...

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Virtual Reality | Day 17

Summary: When virtues go wrong, when the mind and heart harden to the work of the Spirit, leaders...

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Virtual Reality | Day 16

Being Christian leaders have entered a new settled state and become more like the Christ they know, love, and serve (2 Tim. 3:2-5).   We are working through the second quadrant, being....

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Virtual Reality | Day 15

Being Christian leaders have entered a new settled state and become more like the Christ they...

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Virtual Reality | Day 14

Being Christian leaders have entered a new settled state and become more like the Christ they...

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Virtual Reality | Day 13

  Summary: When virtues go wrong, when the mind and heart harden to the work of the Spirit, leaders fall foul to the temptations of legalism, relativism, consumerism, and...

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Virtual Reality | Day 12

Knowing   Christian leaders know they belong to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ...

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Knowing Christian leaders know they belong to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (2 Tim...

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Virtual Reality Day 10

Knowing Christian leaders know they belong to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (2nd Timothy 1:5; 3:14)   Yesterday we concluded with the idea that a key responsibility of...

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Virtual

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner character of the heart,...

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Virtual

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner character of the heart,...

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Virtual Reality | Day 7

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner character of the heart, enabled by the Holy Spirit, that causes them to behave in certain ways. This temperament is part of...

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Virtual Reality | Day 6

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner character of the heart,...

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Virtual Reality | Day 5

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner character of the heart,...

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Virtual Reality | Day 4

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner disposition of the heart, empowered by the Holy Spirit, that causes them to act in certain ways. This temperament is part of a...

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Virtual Reality | Day 3

At the end of one’s life, it is natural to want to wrap up loose ends. In a sense, for Paul,...

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Virtual Reality | Day 2

Big Idea The Christian leader’s lifestyle is based upon an inner disposition of the heart,...

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Virtual Reality | Day 1

In, Reflections on Christian Leadership, Henri Nouwen addresses a number of challenges facing Christian leaders in the twenty-first century. I’ve always loved Nouwen’s style, and this...

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Called Together | Part II

If you haven’t had a chance to read part I of this blog you can find it here. The Struggle...

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Called Together | Part I

The word the Bible uses for church, ekklesia, means “called out ones.” The church...

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Waiting in the Wasteland: Past + Present

 Through the month of August, we’ve journeyed through the Old Testament book of Joel. We did the series because we are living in interesting days. The Bible is clear that God has everything...

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New Series This Sunday: Wisdom in the Wasteland

This weekend we start a four-part series entitled, Wisdom in the Wasteland. It’s a journey...

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Many Reasons to Praise

This Sunday I continue our Ancient Mind, Modern Heart series with a message from Psalm 67 entitled,...

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Member Vote

This weekend members of Central will be asked to vote on two questions. The first question addresses whether Central can amend its articles of incorporation and file the Second Restated Articles of...

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We Are All Sent

When God called me, He didn’t just call me to be a pastor, He called me to be a missionary. He...

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The Limitations of Knowledge. The Power of Love.

Quite a few people have offered to take me clay pigeon shooting over the last few days. Not sure...

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Mud, Sweat & Tears

Since Sunday, I’ve been approached by some and received emails from others about my message, Mud, Sweat & Tears. I knew that would come, of course, and planned a blog to continue the...

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Big News From the Water's Edge Network

Over the last 3 years, Central Wesleyan Church, the church I am privileged to lead, has undergone a...

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Fit for Mission

This Sunday we launch our six-week journey through the book of Acts. Pastor Steve and I are so...

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Forever Overcome

These last few weeks I have been leaning into two Scriptures.  The first is Colossians 3:16 which says, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one...

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The Missing Middle of Reconciliation

Yesterday we began our Fall series, “All Due Respect: When My Views Clash With Yours,”...

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Culture & Conflict

This Sunday Pastor Steve and I kick off our fall series, “With All Due Respect: When my Views...

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A Fabulous Fall

With summer slowly drawing to a close we’re turning attention to the start of school and to the fall. Hard to believe, isn’t it? What a summer we’ve had and what a fabulous fall...

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Let’s keep Rolling!

This morning all four of my ‘at home’ children went to school! It seems like yesterday...

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What a Difference 1 Year Can Make

Over the last week, my social media feeds have reminded me what I was doing this time last year. It...

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Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy and Joy!

In my quiet time this morning I read Nehemiah chapter 12. Verse 43 jumped out at me: “And on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy, even the...

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Holly's Hope is all Our Hope

On Easter Sunday I shared how believing in Jesus’ resurrection acknowledges that the...

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Impoverished

Yesterday, we began our Lenten series, Impoverished, with the challenge to change the way we see the...

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God at Work

I live with a nagging doubt that my contribution to the Kingdom isn’t as significant as it should be. It is one thing to faithfully gather for worship but it is quite something else to...

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Think Local. Act Global.

Central’s multi-site strategy embraces what I’ve referred to as ‘the metanational...

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Kingdom-minded Churches

At Central we avidly seek to be a Kingdom-driven church. Such a church has a clear understanding of...

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Christmas United

Central’s planning for the holiday season begins soon after Easter. Discerning what God wants to say some six months before we’ll need to say it is no easy task. Last year God led is to...

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Why Multisite?

Yesterday Pastor Mike and I were in Grand Rapids with Pastors Toran and Jordan assessing an...

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When the Real Meets the Ideal

Last Sunday Brad did an outstanding job addressing the line in Songs 2:7: “Do not arouse or...

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When the Real Meets the Ideal

Last Sunday Brad did an outstanding job addressing the line in Songs 2:7: “Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Brad mentioned that the phrase is repeated three times,...

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In Body and Being Beautiful

As I write I am sitting in Basel Airport awaiting the first of three flights home. Wibke and I...

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Today Wibke and I managed to retrace a few steps from the early years of our marriage. The first few...

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Carefully Examine

Its been a crazy week. With a shorter working week last week, Central's Fall Launch, a two day District Board meeting, a weekend wedding in Chicago, and last night's Celebrate Recovery...

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Song of Songs and the Single

I'm fairly sure that a few single folks reading this blog over the last two days have...

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The Book of Human Love (2)

Why was Song of Songs included in the Bible?   The simple answer to that question is that it...

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The Book on Human Love

This Sunday witnesses the start of an exciting fall season at Central. This week the stage is being set; the choir, orchestra, bands and vocalists prepped so that we are ready to go for the start of...

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The Power of One

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your...

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An Exciting Future Worth The Sacrifice

What an amazing weekend we just experienced at Central. My personal thanks go out to Sheila Walsh...

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Happy Christmas

Just wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from my family to yours. This year I am privileged to have my mother in town from Wales, my daughter from Florida and two extra little treasures from...

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From Back to Front

This weekend our exploration of the refugee reality that underpins the nativity story will come to a...

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Refugee Q and A (3)

Here’s the third q and a. Two questions this time (hopefully we have covered what we need...

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Refugee Q and A (2)

Last time I shared answers to two questions Brad and I have been asked since we started our Christmas series entitled, “Refugee”. I’m writing this blog because our Christmas series,...

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Refugee

Last Sunday we started our ‘Refugee’ Christmas series. We decided on this theme long...

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Refugee

This Sunday, November 29, we begin our Advent series entitled, “Refugee.” The series...

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Kingdom and Empires: The Missing Middle (part 2)

Yesterday I uploaded part 1 of last Sunday’s message. Here’s part two … Time to Rethink. Matthew 3:2, the first words of Jesus as he begins His ministry as the Christ in...

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Kingdom and Empires: The Missing Middle (#1)

Last Sunday we began a series at Central entitled, “Kingdom and Empires.” The series...

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Thought #3: Rethink, Restructure, Retool

On Friday the Supreme Court voted to impose their definition of marriage on all states –...

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Thought #2: Talking is not Walking!

On Friday the Supreme Court voted to impose their definition of marriage on all states – replacing a definition that has stood, by its own admission, ‘for millennia’. As a firm...

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What’s the Harm? What’s the Lesson?

Yesterday the Supreme Court voted to impose their definition of marriage on all states –...

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Shepherding the Flock

Last Thursday I shared a message with small group and short circle leaders at our church. A number...

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Thank You and Farewell

Today I had the bitter-sweat experience of saying goodbye to my faith family at South Tampa Fellowship. In just a few days I will leave Tampa and Florida and head north to Holland, Michigan to take up...

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Time

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born,...

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When Food and Clothes aren’t Enough…

In 1st Timothy chapter 6, Paul writes: “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for...

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Loving Africa, Literally

I have reached the end of my first day here in Kabwe, Zambia. I am in Zambia for 3 days teaching and sharing fellowship at Operation Mobilization’s (OM) Love Africa Missions Conference. My...

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Detours

Yesterday morning Wibke and I were driving through the Virginia countryside having chosen to take a...

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Look Alikes

This morning I walked out of my office and headed towards Frank’s office. Frank is our...

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Persecuted but Blessed …

Yesterday I shared how the passion of the believers has both inspired and challenged me. This weekend I have experienced the blessing of persecution up close as I’ve met church planters and...

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Passionate and Persecuted

Friday saw me spend the entire day teaching in the seminary. I started at 8 and finished just after...

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Energized

It’s 5 a.m. and I’m sitting in the hotel foyer having had a pretty good nights sleep. I...

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The Other Side

I am sitting in Minneapolis airport about an hour away from my flight to Singapore. After a 5 hour stopover it is on to Jakarta. Having been there twice before I am fairly certain of what will...

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Imitators of God

I’ve been teaching my way through Ephesians and I’ve reached Ephesians...

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Blessing God

To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God the greatest of...

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Letting God …

I’ve been teaching my way through 1st Peter and just finished chapter 5. I was particularly challenged by verses 6 and 7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God...

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I went to bed this morning and woke after a few hours….

I went to bed this morning and woke after a few hours sleep to a reality that has gripped me for the...

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Thank’s for the reminder, Lord.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every...

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Shortly before my father died I visited him in the hospital in Wales

Shortly before my father died I visited him in the hospital in Wales. He’d been in the hospital for two weeks as I arrived. It was rather strange visiting my father there, because he’d...

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Mugs and Grace

So, here I am. Alone. I’m sitting in an airport lounge in Singapore awaiting my...

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