I Am A Teacher, Not a Know-It-All

One common misunderstanding is that those who teach principles are perfect at implementing those same principles in their life. Hopefully before someone agrees to teach on a subject they have a certain “expertise” in the area he or she teaches, whether by education or experience, but it is probably false to believe he or she is perfect in every area they claim expertise. […] Continue Reading…

Doing Your Part To Make The Marriage Work

I have heard all the arguments. One spouse feels unloved so he or she refuses to give love or respect. One spouse feels disrespected, so he or she refuses to give back respect or love. I understand it is difficult, but the fact remains each spouse is accountable for his or her heart and actions. […] Continue Reading…

Simplifying the Call of Ministry

We often try to complicate the call. Sometimes we spend more time and energy trying to figure out the where and how of ministry and less time and energy on our primary calling. Obviously the where and how are important, but it seems to me that if we will concentrate on following God’s heart and investing in others that the where and how will be easier to discern. […] Continue Reading…

Don’t Give Up Doing Good Deeds

It is hard being the nice guy all the time, is it not? I have heard people ask, “Why do I always have to be the one to give?” I’ve heard that question relating to marriages, to parenting, and among friends. Sometimes it just seems that we are the only ones doing good unto others. I know that is not true, but it does feel that way at times. We sometimes start to feel that we are being taken advantage of, do we not? […] Continue Reading…

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…