Last Friday, we experienced a great success in ministry. We served people free mugs of hot chocolate and coffee in front of Wal-Mart. It was a great experience. It came to me on Black Friday The whole idea came to me last year on the day after Thanksgiving (“Black Friday” as it has been called) […]continue reading Hot Chocolate Day was a success!
I was driving around today running an errand for the church, so I decided to make some phone calls to try to connect with some people. There’s one fellow that I have been trying to get in touch with for a while, and as I was going through my address book, I saw that he […]continue reading “Thanks for being obedient”
For the past month, we have been putting together marketing materials, soliciting donations, securing the location, and organizing the service. We passed out by hand maybe 800 invitation postcards and mailed about 100 to our mailing list. We put flyers up at local businesses, we sent out email invitations, and we talked about it to everyone we knew.
It ended up being a really good evening. Here are the details:continue reading Our Information Meeting
According to the “Enneagram,” I am an Enthusiast. Here are some quotes from the website: The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered Easily become accomplished achievers, generalists who do many different things well: multi-talented. Practical, productive, usually prolific, cross-fertilizing areas of interest. How to motivate me. Sevens want to maintain their freedom and […]continue reading I’m an Enthusiast
I just thought I’d write a follow-up to my previous blog… The church consultant had just a few things to tell me: The problems at NWBC were there long before I ever came, and in no way did I cause them. My leadership was such that many of the problems that were “under the table” […]continue reading What’s Wrong with Me? — Follow-up
Warning: self-critical blog alert. NWBC Update It has been a few months since I left Northwest Baptist Church, and in the intervening months, NWBC has been going through a process of evaluation with a church consultant. From what I have heard, the process has been challenging and helpful. The bottom line is that the consultant […]continue reading What’s Wrong with Me? — Facing my problems again.
I’m just posting this as a quick note to all of you who care… We have a new house! This morning at 9:30, we signed the final paperwork to close on our new house. There still are some things the builder is doing to put the finishing touches on it, but we have started moving […]continue reading We have a house!
Jen and I had a good time at Hillside Community Church in Crown Point this past weekend. They were having their missions conference this month, and I was the featured guest this weekend. Since their theme was “His passion, our purpose; his purpose, our passion,” I dealt with the question of what was the number […]continue reading Time in Crown Point went well
I’m writing this post from Jen’s parents’ house in Weeler, Indiana because tomorrow, Jen and I have the privilege of presenting our vision for Lafayette to Hillside Community Church in Crown Point. I will be giving our basic presentation during their Sunday School time. Then, I will be preaching at the morning service and leading […]continue reading Making a Presentation in Crown Point
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.—Psalm 62:7 I was reading Psalm 62 this morning for my quiet time, and this verse popped out to me. Reading it sparked a little “wow” moment somewhere inside me. Everything about this verse is almost cliche to me. Sure, my […]continue reading My honor depends on God
Jen and I have been regularly sending out our prayer requests every few months or so, and I thought that I’d post our next set on the blog here. God has really been answering some prayers too, so I’ll post some praises first: Praises: Jen and I have signed final approval paperwork on our house. […]continue reading Top Ten Prayer Requests — December 2005
It turns out that one of the men from the Pondside group is actually the President / CEO of Lafayette Savings Bank! It’s amazing how God works things out. I gave him a call, he had someone call me and in about 30 minutes this morning, Jen and I were “easily” approved for at least […]continue reading Wisdom for selecting a home
I want to thank all of you for praying for Jen and me during our trip this last weekend to Lafayette. We had a really fun time in many different ways. Quick Notes We were able to stay with Jen’s cousin and her family. They are so gracious and generous each time we visit. Praise […]continue reading Jen and I know where we want to live
Basic elements of a leadership development program Danny Wallen finished up his sessions yesterday by giving us a couple of different models for developing leaders. I’ll just quote them here: The Two Track Analogy There are four parts of leadership development that work together like the components of a train track. Spiritual Formation (experiencing God […]continue reading CECL Session #5 Day 3
Well, my time fasting from the computer and TV went well yesterday. There was a point in the day when I was really bored, so I turned to prayer—almost fell asleep once, but it was good. Perhaps the coolest part about the day was being able to explain to my son why I couldn’t play […]continue reading Fasting Report