Five Nations in the Next Three Months!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019

Five Nations in the Next Three Months!

“And God, we pray for hundreds of people to show up tonight – bring in people who need to meet You and hear about Your love for them…” I raised my head, looked up at my daughter across the circle of volunteers in the semi-dark room as she spoke confidently – doors were scheduled to open in just a few minutes and we had come together for a final minute of prayer before it all began....

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Sleep-Deprived Santa Ramblings and Undeserved Grace

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018

Sleep-Deprived Santa Ramblings and Undeserved Grace

“So last night at, like, 3 AM I was driving home from the airport and thinking about what I was going to say this morning….” I was staring out at a small sea of faces in an Iowa high school classroom during lunch hour – definitely a challenging crowd under the best of circumstances, and today I was feeling the effects of yesterday’s day-long commute from the West Coast.  I had finally...

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The Night We Needed a Miracle… Again

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018

The Night We Needed a Miracle… Again

“God, please help this to work…” It didn’t feel like a faith-filled prayer, it felt like what it was:  a frantic last-ditch effort prayer – a desperate, “I don’t know what to do if this doesn’t work” prayer muttered under my breath as my tensed fingers moved from the IPad screen to the brightly illuminated “main power” switch of our sound system. The system had frozen five minutes before...

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When Justin Bieber Shows Up at Your Event (Seriously…)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018

When Justin Bieber Shows Up at Your Event (Seriously…)

“Are you serious?” I was staring at my friend Louie with undisguised shock. “Yeah man, he just showed up yesterday…” Louie absently tucked a flyaway portion of his long hair behind his ear and adjusted his “Monster Energy Drink” hat. As a prominent young BMX pro-rider, he held himself with the kind of un-self-conscious “cool” factor that the rest of us usually try (and fail) to emulate. “I guess...

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Powerless in the Midwest

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018

Powerless in the Midwest

“So this is the generator?” “Yeah, this is it.” I glanced sideways at my friend Josh Brewer and went quiet for a moment.  He raised his eyebrows and shrugged. We both looked back at the white, trailer-sized piece of equipment and were quiet for another moment. The generator also remained quiet. I wiped a bead of sweat from my forehead with the edge of my damp forearm. “So it’s not working...

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When You Just Can’t Keep it Together

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018

When You Just Can’t Keep it Together

“Hey man, check this out!” My friend Josh Brewer shook my hand and pulled me in for a hug.  Josh is built like a Division One running back, so it was a bit like hugging a wall.  With arms. “Seriously,” he broke away excitedly, “so we had this meeting with a bunch of the churches in the city last night and it was AWESOME – apparently like thirty years ago they used to have tent revival...

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