Good Gifts: Final Reflections From Our Time in Michigan and With FWB People

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change" (James 1:17). Today, for my last blog as pastor of Central Oaks, I want to reflect on some of the good gifts God has given us. King Jesus is … Continue reading Good Gifts: Final Reflections From Our Time in Michigan and With FWB People

Resigning Central Oaks

Our church has enjoyed an affiliation with a denomination called the National Association of Free Will Baptists for a long time. My wife and I have enjoyed coming to faith in this denomination, learning, growing, and serving within it for our whole lives. We love Free Will Baptist people and we love you. However, over … Continue reading Resigning Central Oaks

Dear Church Family,

Today’s blog doesn’t have a theme. It’s just a letter of some things I wanted to write to you. I hope you’ll read. If all of you would not just continue in the faith, but grow in faithfulness and fruitfulness, my joy would abound. I mean that sincerely. When God gives me the honor of … Continue reading Dear Church Family,

Pastoring (and Disciple Making) Is Slow

There are countless things faster than helping people follow Jesus. Watching paint dry Waiting for water to boil Christmas Divorce Since a pastor is a chief disciple-maker, we know firsthand how slow it is to help people follow Jesus. It's absolutely NOT like a business. The CEO of a business spends 40+ hours a week … Continue reading Pastoring (and Disciple Making) Is Slow