Why I stopped listening to Matt Chandler and started listening to my pastor, Jason Vance

“Who’s Jason Vance?” you may ask. Nobody famous. And that’s the whole point. He’s the young church-planting pastor of my local church. A few years ago my small church closed. My pastor retired, went into a teaching ministry role and moved to Oregon. That sent me and my two sons into about three years of … Continue reading Why I stopped listening to Matt Chandler and started listening to my pastor, Jason Vance

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You are not a well-oiled machine. You're a body with heart disease weak in the limbs and dim in the eyes. You're forgetful, and yet time and time again you look to the One who loves you with his life. You lift your head, revive your heart, strengthen your limp arms and take another step … Continue reading Church

Three reasons teaching kids the Gospel is good for you

In recent months I began serving as the kids ministry director at my church.  For me, getting on the floor to teach toddlers about Jesus has become a joy. But I'm discovering not everyone feels this way. And actually, I didn't always feel this way. I realize there are people who should never work with … Continue reading Three reasons teaching kids the Gospel is good for you

The back gate the Church has left open for predators

My german shepherd Lukas has different barks for different things. One of his barks is very aggressive and intimidating. His body lunges, his teeth shows, he barks from his chest. That's the, "there's a predator" bark. At 5 am this morning, Lukas let out an incessant "there's a predator" bark. I shot up off the … Continue reading The back gate the Church has left open for predators