A Few Thoughts on Protests and Sharing a Meal Together

I had the privilege last night of sitting down for a meal with 3600 or so friends and neighbors; people I know well and some I don’t know at all. It was wonderful and, it was powerful. But, it made me think. I had, like so many watched NFL players kneel or remain in the locker room during the National Anthem at various games around the country over the weekend. I had read the responses to these protests from all sides, from the White House, to the housewife, to the...
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Q&A about adding a second worship service

1. Why do we need two services? The biggest reason we need to go to two services is because we want to reach more people with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. In our culture and community, when you add options, you add participants. We are nearing our capacity in our Worship Center. Most Sundays, if a family of 4 arrives late they will not be able to sit together. 2. Won’t two services divide Valley and make us two churches? Going to two services at Valley is...
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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. So now that I cannot influence the outcome of the vote, I wanted to share some thoughts. It will not come as a surprise to you that I was very much against legalizing recreational pot sales in our...
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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 healthy framework to process suicide. I had never known anyone personally who had died of suicide, so all my thoughts were of people miles and miles away. But when it happens up close your mind is open...
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