Ministry & Leadership

May 23, 2015

Campfire Pentecost

Spring always reintroduces two important things back into my life—hot dogs and campfires. I love sitting outside on a cool night, listening to a crackling fire while, roasting hot dogs. Living in the Midwest, there’s nothing more exciting than the return of spring after a long cold winter. As a parent, I cherish spring. It brings ample opportunities to get the kids out of the […]
May 18, 2015

Leaping Lucy

I used an American Girl doll to extract my six-year-old daughters tooth. I removed it the old-fashioned way, by tying one end of the dental floss to her tooth and the other end to Lucy, the American Girl doll. I convinced my daughter to let Lucy assist with the delicate operation. I’ll be honest this genius idea only came after thirty minutes of negotiations during […]
May 13, 2015

Muddy Knees

My arms ached as I hefted around 30 pounds of a muddy grimy two-year old boy.  Even though my muscles burned, I relished every moment down the mountain. My son Carrick was worn out. Tired of stepping over roots, trudging through muddy trails, and slipping on slick wet stones, my boy succumbed to his tiredness. He was a champ. His little legs had carried him […]
February 13, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Who doesn’t love the lyrics from the movie Frozen? I’ll admit, I know every word of every song. But before you judge me, know that I have three children under the age of eight. As a dad, it is my job to be engaged with their world and their culture. Plus who doesn’t love Disney? I like living in Ohio. We get snow all winter […]
October 9, 2014

Child Evangelists

I recently moved with my family to a new house. My children love it because we have neighbors. Neighbors who are there age, children they can play with. Like any good pastor’s kids, my children quickly asked their new friends to come to church. We were proud of their initiative, but we shared in their frustration as the neighbors reported that they are not allowed […]
October 2, 2014

Mosquito Nets for Jesus

A cacophony of nighttime jungle sounds serenaded my son and I in our cabana. Surrounded by darkness in the lush Belizean jungle, Carver and I had time to talk about life and ministry. My seven-year-old son and I led a family mission trip to Belize. We were stationed in the city of Armenia. We spent the days hosting a soccer camp and read more here… […]
August 18, 2014

Cussing For My Kid

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August 15, 2014

Introducing Meeta…. Thunder Draka

Meeta is Avortovar’s trusty mount in The Last Waveson – Grafting. The thunder draka is one of the offspring of the Ancient Dragons of Ol. Learn more about the adventures of Meeta and Avortovar in the upcoming series, The Last Waveson.  
August 11, 2014

Rattlesnake Summit

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June 17, 2014

Snuggle Time

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June 25, 2012

Discipleship Crisis in the Church Today

In the US, this year 3,500 churches will close, this month 1500 pastors will leave the ministry, and today approximately 7,575 people will move on from church. Of those who move on, some never affiliate with a religion again saying they just “gradually drifted away from the religion.” America is experiencing, not only economic decline, but also church decay. Why?READ MORE HERE…
June 19, 2012

Church League Softball Fistfight

I don’t think I have ever participated in or attended a church league softball game where one team or the other  completely exemplifies Christlike behavior. Often times, teams blame the team-members who play but don’t attend  the church for being the rowdy bunch. But in my experience, in over 20 years of playing or watching church league  softball, the problem is typically church leaders grumbling […]
June 16, 2012

Bones of John The Baptist Discovered?

A team of researchers believe a knuckle bone found buried beneath a Bulgarian church may belong to John the Baptist, the New Testament prophet who heralded the ministry of Jesus. The archaeologists from Oxford University were surprised that the bones dated from the first century AD, the time of John’s life, and the DNA was consistent with… read more here
June 16, 2012

3 reasons young Americans are giving up on God

A new survey finds that religious faith is still strong across all age groups, but something is shaking the beliefs of young adults. Young Americans are drifting away from God, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Only 67 percent of Americans under 30 say they…read more here