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The Power of Life As ‘An Open Book’

Earlier today, I was able to comfort a close friend by sharing with her something really stupid, sinful and awful I had done in the fall of 2002; her comfort was not derived from obtaining yet another piece of evidence confirming a widely-held hypothesis that I am a complete idiot, but rather from my sharing

Upcoming Special Events in Columbia

One of the more encouraging ways I have found to exercise my faith in Christ is to seek the good of the city to which He has sent this former Detroiter. Since I landed in CoMo in the Fall of 1992, it’s been pretty wild to watch as God has raised up 1) my home

My Prayer for the Last Six Months: ‘One Dry Day’

And God said, “No.” This past Saturday, April 29, marked my second year of coordinating – along with an amazing team of volunteers – ForColumbia, a community-wide day of serving among what has grown to include 48 churches partnering to love and serve our city. For months, I’ve been praying for this day. I’ve been

Keeping Christianity Weird: Sacrifice…with a Smile

“Would you say it’s a lot of fun for others to serve alongside you?” Psalm 118:24 Proverbs 17:22 Romans 15:13 “Do the people you serve see the love of Christ motivating your actions?” Matthew 22:37-39 Romans 5:8 1 John 4:16 “When was the last time someone asked you about the hope they see in your

Consider ‘Making It Personal’ on April 29th

If you are thinking about serving alongside other Christians during #ForColumbia2017 on Saturday, April 29th – and I hope you are – consider making it personal. A few weeks ago, thanks to a partnership with Meals on Wheels, I was able to visit with several aging Columbians who still live independently, in their own homes…but

What gets the attention of an unbelieving world?

Generally speaking, I really enjoy serving my family. One of my favorite ways to do this is by cooking homemade meals. I don’t have many hobbies and I’m not particularly gifted in the practical arts; I can’t even whittle, let alone build anything with wood, I can’t sew beyond replacing a button on a shirt,

Getting ‘Locked and Loaded’ for Christian Service

It seems pretty likely that any American over the age of 12 has seen several of those “Let’s lock and load!” sequences so prevalent in action movies and TV shows, sometimes even spoofed in children’s programming. As entertainment consumers, by now we are all familiar with the prerequisites for a well-executed lock-and-load montage: An unimpressive