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impending sabbath [sabbatical]!

March 11, 2013

i’m pretty excited today. why? because three weeks from today i will officially be on sabbatical [sabbath rest] from my position at harderwyk ministries as youth pastor.  my prayer on this coming time away, that like my garden plot from last summer: life will grow and renew what God intends to flourish. i’m starting to […]

joy, tears and timebombs

April 25, 2009

so we have had ella home now for a week today!   what an incredible amount of joy this precious little girl has brought to our family already.  it’s even strange saying the word family because even though dawn and i were a family all along, the addition of ella has added so many new dimensions […]

opening day

March 12, 2008

edit:  yes we went!  it was too cold to eat it there but we enjoyed some tasty captain treats! captain sundae opens today! it’s the first sign of spring here in west michigan and helps out a lot with the winter time blues. it’s more significant than seeing your front lawn, seeing the birds come […]

answered prayers

January 18, 2008

some prayers this week were spoken, some grunted, some probably were just down deep without words and probably a few where whines on my part. but God is always good, even when he answers no to something we want! but i praise him for… a sunny day smiles on students faces again a chance to […]

quality relationships, quality days

November 7, 2007

monday was a tough day. a few close relationships [no, not dawn] got a bit strained. not to the breaking point, but just bumps in the road where they weren’t expected and that added to some stress that was already there.  not great timing when you’re trying to figure out how to speak to a […]

wonderfully ordinary

October 27, 2007

today i read a book, listened to music and ate an apple. how wonderfully ordinary! pax: ty

another month, another function

April 13, 2007

  tonight we are having another function here at the anchor.  400 joyful and exuberant 7th and 8th graders here at church having a good time dancing, eating, playing in the gym and more!  we get so caught up chaperoning and staying on top of everything, that sometimes we don’t make the time to talk […]

liveCHRIST together

March 27, 2007

what does sharing our lives together look like? [not just dawn and i] 1 thessalonians 2:8 we loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. in looking at the different translations of […]

off to an awesome start

March 25, 2007

so spring is here, it’s still march and we are off to a good start!  already in march… biked to ottawa beach inn for burgers slept with the window open worn shorts walked out to the end of the pier been to captain sundae twice and it’s 75 degrees! the words woo hoo come to […]


March 23, 2007

  just a few hours away from the controlled chaos known at the function!  it’s our monthly celebration of middle school exuberance. [ie: dancing • pizza • video games • karaoke • open gym • guitar hero • caffeine • and more] each month we have over 300 middle schoolers here to hang out with […]