Looking Back: 2017’s Top 10 Posts

With new readers signing up regularly, perhaps a look back at the top posts from 2017 will give them, as well as our existing readers, an opportunity to review once again this year’s most-clicked posts. We Were Multiplying (And I Didn’t Even Know It) A … Read More

A Christmas Gift from Coach

Our son, Brett, played basketball for our city’s high school, the Ankeny Hawks. And, like other hoop athletes in his class, he had journeyed through the freshman teams, jumped into JV opportunities, and endured the bench as an underclassman, waiting patiently for his senior year. Why? … Read More

Have a Messy, Blessed Christmas

Christmas is a messy holiday. I didn’t say merry; I said messy. Think about it—it’s about a birth. Been to any birthing rooms lately? Well, Joseph’s and Mary’s was outdoors in a holed-out animal shelter. See what I mean? Messy! But no wonder—Parenting is messy. … Read More

Clamped, Ramped, and Cramped

I’m not the sharpest mind on the block, but I can notice repeated patterns if given a fair shake. And the “shake” of budgets and schedules during this time of the year—whether seasonal, relational, or occupational—has shown me something about my own relationships and leadership … Read More

Our True Christmas Leader

We all know it’s Christmas. Just look around and you can easily see its December. But guess what else is going on right now? End-of-year political promises from our elected leaders.  Just check out your inbox, blog feed, radio, TV, or the Internet and you’ll … Read More

Baptism Q and A

Though Acts 2:41 lays out a very simple understanding of biblical baptism—conversion, immersion, distinction—many questions surface about this ordinance. Let me take a few moments and address the questions that came in Sunday, as well as point you to some previous Q and A blogs … Read More

All I Want for Christmas is an Electric…

The beauty of significance lies in the fact that it is often hidden in the ugliness of the seemingly unimportant. This was exactly the case on that first Christmas centuries ago. Who would have thought a little town would be the birthplace of a mighty … Read More

Thanksgiving: It’s a Matter of Perspective

Another Thanksgiving has rolled around, and so has the time to stop and consider all the “good and perfect gifts” God had so graciously given each of us. But this year let’s not glibly say a memorized “Thank you,” nor half-heartedly show our seasonal appreciation … Read More

4 Observations About How God Accomplishes His Will

Undoubtedly the saga of David and Absalom in 2 Samuel 13-19 is a riveting one. At one point David is fleeing Jerusalem to escape with his life while Absalom is entering it to usurp the throne. The events are spiraling either downward or upward, depending … Read More

Saturday’s Prayer for Sutherland Springs

Heavenly Father, We know very little about the shooter’s family. But you know everything about them. In this time when your spiritual family is reeling from the evil perpetrated upon our members, may that physical family also know your love and mercy, your grace and … Read More