Reaction to the NO vote on weed.

Now that the vote in our town to approve recreational marijuana sales has failed I feel free to speak and write publicly on the matter. As a pastor, I am to be a man of influence, but when things get a little political it is rarely appropriate for a pastor to weigh in publicly....
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Loss is loss, but this is a little different

The following is a letter I sent out to our Faith Family here at Valley Fellowship Church. It has brought a lot of comfort to many, so I thought I’d share it with you. You should know, this is not a letter I could have written a week ago. Until last Thursday I had no...
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Ring Owner or Ring Bearer

On Christmas break my family watches an unholy amount of movies. It is a bit of a perfect storm of movie watching. It gets dark super early. Where I live it is very cold, like negative… pick a number (once you get into negatives it doesn’t really matter anymore). Those two things...
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Following Jesus, it’s Scary

A lot has been written and a lot has been said about the Syrian refugee crisis. As a pastor I usually keep political conversations to a face to face, one on one conversation, but today I will step into a political issue publicly. The reason? Because it is not a political issue,...
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Top Ten Reasons to Skip Church:

All (yes all) pastors from time to time mistakenly tie their self-worth to how many people are sitting in front of them on Sunday morning. So it always seems a little self-serving to tell people to come to church. But most of the time my heart and the heart of the other great...
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Fun with big words.

I’m not what you would call an “intellectual elite.” I did graduate High School in the top fifty of my class, but there were only sixty two of us. I have not yet finished seminary, but I do have a Bachelors of Arts in Outdoor Recreation: a degree that really should be a...
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Prayer, a time of pure awesomeness

I was in the Roastery the day after Paddlefest here in Buena Vista – If you are not from around here, Paddlefest is a super fun weekend that celebrates all the amazing fun we get to have here on the Arkansas River. One of the big draws is the freestyle kayaking competition....
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5 ways to evangelize when you are not an “Evangelist.”

Evangelism is a bit of a scary word. It conjures up visions of going door to door, awkwardly interjecting “Baby Jesus” into every conversation. All of those things are scary, I agree. So, maybe it’s time to stop using that word, “evangelize.” The word evangelize is not in the...
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