One Anothering One Another

This weekend we begin a new series entitled Summer of Love, where we’ll examine the “one another” passages found in Romans 12-16. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapters 1...

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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...

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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 God’s plans to spread the good news (2 Timothy 2:2) ELEMENT #4: Successful Relationships Are Built...

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Virtual Reality | Day 28

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

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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 God’s plans to spread the good news (2 Tim....

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Virtual Reality | Day 25

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

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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 truth and the way (2 Timothy 3:16-17)   We’ve said that devotion is not an action...

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Virtual Reality | Day 22

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

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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 truth and the way (2 Tim. 3:16-17).   Yesterday I shared how Knowledge creates thoughts,...

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Virtual Reality | Day 20

Living Christian leaders love people enough to supplement telling the truth with showing them 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 fall foul to the temptations to legalism, relativism, consumerism, and...

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Virtual Reality | Day 16

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

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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 know, love, and serve (2 Tim. 3:2-5).   Today we begin to address the character of a...

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Virtual Reality | Day 13

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

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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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Virtual

Knowing Christian leaders know they belong to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 1:5; 3:14)     Yesterday I spent a little time developing the truth that we belong...

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Virtual Reality Day 10

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

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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, 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 7

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

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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, 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 4

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

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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, 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 1

In, Reflections on Christian Leadership, Henri Nouwen addresses a number of challenges facing...

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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 consists of people who have been called out from every nation in the world. However, 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...

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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, Beginning at the End. One phrase is repeated in Psalm 67: “May the peoples praise you, God;...

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Member Vote

This weekend members of Central will be asked to vote on two questions. The first question...

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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 what gave them that idea?! Others have echoed the thoughts that a well-done steak ruins the meat. Ten...

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Mud, Sweat & Tears

Since Sunday, I’ve been approached by some and received emails from others about my message,...

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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 excited about this series! Hundreds of us made a radical minimum commitment to devote ourselves to the...

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Forever Overcome

These last few weeks I have been leaning into two Scriptures.  The first is Colossians 3:16...

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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 Clash with Yours.” With all that we have planned, the music, the testimonies, the discipleship...

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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...

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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 got me thinking about the difference one year makes. One year ago, Alec, my now nineteen-year-old...

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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...

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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 world so that we can join the Father in changing the world we see. In my message, I shared how...

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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...

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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 the reason for the delay in judgment. You might ask, what is a Kingdom-drive church look...

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Christmas United

Central’s planning for the holiday season begins soon after Easter. Discerning what God wants...

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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 awaken love until it so desires.” Brad mentioned that the phrase is repeated three times,...

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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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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 years were spent in the Black Forest of Germany. One of our favorite hangouts was the Belchen...

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Carefully Examine

Its been a crazy week. With a shorter working week last week, Central's Fall Launch, a two...

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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 was included in the Hebrew Scriptures. Without going into too much detail, Song of Songs was...

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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...

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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 for sacrificing her Mother's day to bring a message of hope and life. People were encouraged,...

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Happy Christmas

Just wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from my family to yours. This year I am privileged...

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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 to!). Once again I remind us of two important drivers for our Refugee Christmas...

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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...

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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 will culminate with our Christmas experience on the weekend of December 19-20. That is going to be a...

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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...

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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 – replacing a definition that has stood, by its own admission, ‘for millennia’. As a firm...

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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 –...

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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 of people asked me for some of the notes so I thought I’d post the genesis of the idea here. In...

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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...

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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 we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have...

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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...

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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 administration and finance director and his office is just around the corner from mine. My head was full of...

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Persecuted but Blessed …

Yesterday I shared how the passion of the believers has both inspired and challenged me. This...

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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 went to bed at 7:30 last night, the earliest I have gone to sleep in a very long time. I managed to...

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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...

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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 blessings. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in...

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Letting God …

I’ve been teaching my way through 1st Peter and just finished chapter 5. I was particularly...

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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 spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3 This verse introduces one of the most...

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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...

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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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