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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 […]


October 16, 2012

  so my sabbatical journey begins officially today!  why? because at our church council meeting last night, my 11 page plan [that i’ve been working on for almost a year now] was approved and financially supported. so now i’m will be starting a journey to breath, research, rest, gain some perspective and enjoy my family […]

pulling back the curtain • part three

March 27, 2008

finding our way forward with students and their families is going to take knowing the cultural landscape, understanding our theological “rocks” that are non-negotiable and then making intelligent choices based on those two things. the cultural landscape of students these points are based on the research of chap clark in his book “hurt” we may […]

pulling back the curtain • part two

March 26, 2008

[NOTE: This is an article for our church newsletter, hence the capital letters and real punctuation.] One of Dawn’s favorite classic movies is “The Wizard of Oz”. I remember that movie as a kid and watching the scene were Toto the dog pulls back the curtain to expose what is really going on with the […]


March 19, 2008

  we got a wii! i had signed up a few weeks ago at wiiallerts.com to be able to get notices whenever there are some available at a store or on-line.  we want one for our youth building at church and for our middle school dances. well, i just nabbed one from amazon.com and about […]

renewing the mind

March 4, 2008

my mind is in need of much renewal right now.  i think you can retrain it, i think an old dog can learn new tricks, but it just takes determination and focus.  some of the ways i need to start renewing things are… theological and biblical evaluation of everything being a skeptic when it comes […]

pulling back the curtain

February 29, 2008

in the movie the wizard of oz, toto the dog pulls back the curtain and reveals what is really going on. everything changes because of that exposure. i feel the same way not about what is taking place here in my classes at fuller. the curtains are being pulled back [especially as we are discussing […]

new serve blog

February 14, 2008

each summer we host SERVE which is a week long middle school service project where about 100 students can discover their gifts, meet other students, have a great time and work on what it means to liveCHRIST. this will be our fourth summer hosting and we’ve had such a great time having everyone here at […]

sweet youth group night

January 27, 2008

tonight was sweet at youth group! just a few people but that made it more fun, more personal and more meaningful. besides the great food [chicken fajitas] and fun together playing spoons, we also had some very good time in God’s word.tonight’s topic was “everybody hurts”. no, not the r.e.m. song. so what we did […]

abortions rates have gone down

January 26, 2008

• this post is edited for clarification after some great comments from leslie.  check them out! there is some good news about a cultural trend going the opposite way. church relevance blog is REPORTING on a study that says abortion rates are declining for a number of reasons. there are several things here to be […]