The Movie Defiance Impacted My Life

Possibly because I watched this movie on the long plane ride home from Lithuania and had visited the KGB Museum while I was there, but the movie Defiance left a huge impression on me. (Read about my KGB Museum experience HERE.) Maybe it was because I knew this was based on a true story and it graphically displays the conditions of people during times of war and domination by another nation. Whatever the reason, I am not usually an emphatic person and it is hard to impress me (just being honest), but this movie may well be remembered as one of the most impactful and even favorite movies of my life. [...] Continue Reading…

Student Mission Trip To New Orleans, Part 2

This is video two from our student ministry mission trip to New Orleans. God is using them this week. As you know, this is my personal blog, so aside from my role as a pastor at Grace Community Church I am also a dad. I am very proud of Nate Edmondson this week. You’ll see him in this video in the gray shirt teaching with his hands. He loves teaching God’s Word. I love him loving to teach God’s Word. God has great things planned for him. He leaves in a few weeks for a new adventure at Moody Bible College. Prayers appreciated… [...] Continue Reading…

Ugly Clothing Marketing Works Great For Churches

I love shirts that do not have to be ironed. I travel a lot and right now the nylon, breathable shirt appears popular, at least among my age, and so I can be “in style”, comfortable and basically wrinkle-free with little effort. I have to confess to something, however. My style is usually determined by what other people do not want. I choose to dress primarily in rejected clothing! You see I am hugely price conscious. I love new clothes, but the thoughts of spending more than $10 for a shirt bothers me, so if it’s on sale for $6, I tend to like it even more. I have often wished there were a store for folks like me that sold only the clothes others didn’t want…the rejects…at dirt cheap prices. [...] Continue Reading…

The Economy is Driven by Greed and Fear (Lessons learned from Lithuania)

One of the primary purposes for our recent visit to Lithuania was to work with business leaders and individuals on issues related to personal finance, leadership, and budgeting. This was our initial trip, but we were able to open doors and build trust with key people in the church and community for future interaction. Our end goal is Kingdom-building, but instead of a medical or construction project, which is typical for many mission trips, we went addressing the primary need of the Lithuanians at this time; the economy. Naturally we received lots of questions about the economy in the United States. There was keen awareness that our economy impacts their economy. [...] Continue Reading…

Capitalism Involves Risk, That’s What Makes It Capitalistic

Recently while I was in Lithuania I spoke with some people who want the country to return to Communism, because, as they put it, they feel they are “missing hope” in a capitalistic society. Under Communism, even though most had very little and the same people told story after story of doing without and wanting for more, they at least knew what to expect. That was their definition of hope. I understand that capitalism allows a large amount of uncertainty and risk. There are few guarantees, but that is what makes it capitalistic, the ability for individuals to make a difference for themselves through hard work, risk and speculation. [...] Continue Reading…