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The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

In Matthew 6:19-24, in part of His sermon on the mount, Jesus addresses the treasures of humanity – money, and stuff. These are the two things that we seemingly can never have enough of. To the audience that is gathered with him on that mountainside, he teaches them how our craving for more money and…

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Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

In 2015, in an article titled “Membership Matters,” Ed Stetzer reflected, “Bring up church membership and watch people squirm. It isn’t that people in culture are against membership as an idea—Costco seems to be doing well. Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well.” [1] In that article, Stetzer also writes, “But in the…

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Not Just a Bible Study: Studying for Discipleship through the Foundational Elements of Biblical, Core, and Personal Content.

Not Just a Bible Study: Studying for Discipleship through the Foundational Elements of Biblical, Core, and Personal Content.

I am getting pretty excited for our new study, Faith AND Works, a study through the book of James. I honestly believe it will be a very meaningful and memorable faith experience for all of us who are taking part in it. Katie McLain and I have been working hard in preparation for this series.…

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Advent: Finding Peace Outside of the Nostalgia and Embellishment

Advent: Finding Peace Outside of the Nostalgia and Embellishment

For me, there is something really nostalgic about listening to the classic Christmas songs on vinyl records. To be honest, this nostalgic experience and practice has been a tradition for me, well before indie-types have created a culture in which popularized collecting and playing vinyl records. Some of my favorites to spin have always been…

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UNTOLD: Finishing a five week journey of unlocking famous biblical stories

UNTOLD: Finishing a five week journey of unlocking famous biblical stories

For the past five weeks at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, we have looked to unlock some untold sides of famous Biblical characters and situations, to find the compassionate heart of God that extends both grace and mercy to the broken individuals he chooses to use. We just came to an end with this series. In…

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An Update From My Transitional Break

An Update From My Transitional Break

For the past few weeks, East Petersburg Mennonite Church has invited me to take a Transitional Break. This several week break was designed to give both me and the church a chance to own and mark my transition from Associate Pastor to Lead Pastor. This break started after Easter Sunday and stretches to Mother’s Day…

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Live from Exponential East in Orlando.

Live from Exponential East in Orlando.

This year, as I move from Associate Pastor to Lead Pastor at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, I was encouraged to mark the change by taking a little over three weeks as a Transitional Break. Thankfully, that Transitional Break has provided me with the opportunity to get down to Orlando, for the Exponential East Conference of 2017.  This…

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