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  • Truth Hurts

    June 21, 2017

    Our friends at Parkview Christian Church in the Chicago area recently ran through an edgy sermon series called Back in Black.  Yep, taken from the legendary band AC/DC.  I don't often share video clips…

  • Things We Love

    June 14, 2017

    What's your favorite restaurant in town?  As you think about it, there are probably several things about that place that you love, so much so you keep going back, and even more so,…

  • It’s like this…

    June 7, 2017

    "It's like this..." Jesus used this phrase often as he communicated the values of Heaven to those who followed him. I was challenged earlier in my years in ministry to make an effort…

  • Embracing Summer

    May 31, 2017

    With Memorial Day weekend behind us, the start of summer is here. Vacations and weekend getaways will soon fill our calendars. Summer offers many of us the opportunity to take a break from…

  • A New Adventure

    May 24, 2017

    In God’s economy, he sometimes shuffles his people around to expand his Kingdom and reach a greater number of people who are far from him.  Such is the case with Chris Workman.  Allow me…

  • Upgrades!

    May 17, 2017

    This past weekend we shared a conceptual drawing of our Children’s Ministry check-in areas that will be installed this summer.  A parent shared with me that one of their children, who is just…

  • Lead with Faithfulness

    May 10, 2017

    "Success is not determined by what I accomplish, but rather by my faithfulness—faithfulness to the One who called me and to his gracious invitation to be a part of His Kingdom"  This quote from…

  • Saturday!

    May 3, 2017

    It's been a while since I ran into anyone whose schedule was becoming less busy.  Just the change in seasons creates more to do for those who own a home.  With all the…

  • Simply Complex

    April 26, 2017

    To be blunt, one of the elements the UnStuck Group identified as holding us back was our leadership structure.  There were elements of our structure that smaller churches use to grow, but were keeping…

  • Thank You

    April 19, 2017

    It takes hundreds of volunteers to provide a level of quality and care at each of our weekend services, throw in an Easter weekend and you have a different ball game.  Yet, as we approached the…

  • Divine Generosity

    April 12, 2017

    One of the values we aspire to as a church is Generosity. In the book of Acts we see the people who follow Christ thinking so much about the needs of others that they…

  • Vibrantly Contagious

    April 5, 2017

    I grew up in a church culture where truth and the gospel were more of a 2x4 or mallet used to knock the love of God into people who were far from him.  Maybe…

  • Out of Control

    March 29, 2017

    When things are “under control” it’s possible the church has become stagnant. I’m a fan of systems and structure, I like organization. Jim would confirm I have control issues, but I have learned along the…

  • The Seeds of Relevance

    March 22, 2017

    Recently one of our campus pastors was sharing a conversation he had over text messages with a Richwoods attender who had been reaching out to a friend.  The investment of their friendship had reached…

  • St. Patrick’s counter punch

    March 15, 2017

    St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and while several of us may be taking a few moments to find our annual Irish gear, it’s worth noting a bit of this saints story. It surprised me…