Christina’s B-Day 2008

We were able to celebrate Christina’s birthday before I took off for Jakarta. We followed in our tradition by having a meal (this time it was a snack since Christina and I were going to have dinner together), going around and saying why we are thankful for the birthday person and then having cake together. […]

We Were Wrong

It is interesting when a business website catches wind of a church apologizing to the public. In an article on the website, Keith Stewart, lead pastor of Springcreek Church in Garland, TX gives a public apology about the failure of the Church by taking out a full page ad in The Dallas Morning News […]

2008 Undergraduate Retreat Reflections

It seems like every year at the Undergraduate Retreat God does something “unique” for that particular season in our church. This year, it was the first time that we had three campuses come together from UM, NU, and UIC. Whenever you get people from different campuses together it is hard to build unity, but from […]

The Palin Dichotomy

There was an USA Today article entitled, “Southern Baptists Back Palin Despite View on Women’s Role.” Mike Baker wrote that while the biggest Protestant denomination holds to the belief that a woman may not lead a church or a home, but they do not see anything wrong with Sarah Palin serving as Vice-President (if elected) […]

Stained Glass Windows

        This is a picture inside the Alice Miller Chapel on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL. It is beautiful. It really took my breath away as I saw all these stain glass windows. It was not the typical iconic windows with all the Christian themes, but it still had the […]

Back to Chicago for a Wedding

I am headed out to Chicago today for a couple’s wedding who attend HMCC of Chicago. It is right in the middle of our Undergraduate Retreat therefore I will have to drive back and forth. But it is going to be exciting to see our first wedding from the church in Chicago. The vision of […]

Pastor’s Appreciation Chapel

I just came back from my kids’ school. They invited various pastors to come and join them for a special chapel time, in order to honor the pastors for Clergy Appreciation Month. It was great being part of their chapel. It allowed me to see what the boys were learning in their chapel times. This […]

Undergraduate Retreat 2008

        We are all pumped for the Undergraduate Retreat this year. We are going to make history by having our first joint retreat with 3 campuses (Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Michigan). This is going to be a great opportunity for us to cast a vision for the students […]

Heading Out to Jakarta

Now it is official – my family and I will be heading out to Jakarta, Indonesia for one year to plant our first international church. The estimated time of departure is July 2009. It has been a long journey for us to come to this point as a family. But as I look back into […]

Chicago Trip 10.13.08

It’s been great hanging out with the guys at HMCC of Chicago. Now, we are finally united in the theme for this 2008-2009 year of “Radical Love… Radical Lives.” We are praying that as we experience God’s radical love that we will be able to express our love by radically living our lives for Christ. […]

Chicago Trip 10.11.08

The family and I drove out to Josiah’s soccer game that was at Clarkston, MI (1 hour or so away from Ann Arbor). After the game, they dropped me off at the airport and now I am waiting for my flight to Chicago. I am going to share the 2008-2009 theme at HMCC of Chicago, […]

The Green Bible

        As I was getting my daily dose of news and other tidbits from the internet, I came across the religion section in USA Today. There was an article on the newly released Green Bible. I guess one of the cool things about this Bible is that it lives out what it […]

Jesus and Politics

        I am pretty pumped about this Sunday’s message called, “Jesus and Politics.” I know that those two words might not mix very well especially in the secular world, but it is something that we have to try to address. This election year is pretty huge. We have the opportunity to make […]

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