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Communication Principle: Keep Learning

I’m a lifelong student of communication. The way we function at work, the habits we have in our relationships, and the view we have of ourselves — all of this and more are shaped by how we learned to communicate. … Continue reading

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CovidAGAIN

Zac asked “how’s Covid treatin’ ya?” and I said “like I’m it’s punching bag.” Thankfully Zac is at Nana’s house, 106 miles away, which keeps him isolated from our family’s 50% infection rate. Those of us who have succumbed to … Continue reading

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Improvement Is Messy

I used to work at a place called Renovation Church. I think “Renovation” is a great name for a church because it describes the kind of work Jesus does in our lives. When we were in the process of finding. … Continue reading

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Therapy Horses

Today we took Cam to Hugs Ranch in Byron Center, MI. Like all of our kids, Cam has experienced trauma in his life. When a neighbor told us about Hugs, we knew we had to check it out. It was … Continue reading

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Unemployed

I’ve been intentionally out of work for the last three weeks, and it has been rather surreal. My last day at the church felt like a retirement party, though I’m still way too young to retire. My people were kind, … Continue reading

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Special Needs & The Doctor Appointment

I recently took our 13 year old daughter to her doctor’s appointment.   Nothing too medically marvelous, just some X-rays to see how her skeleton looks and a talk with the doctor about how her legs and hips are getting … Continue reading

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How To Tell If Your Kid Is Actually Sick

You know the scene, parents: you’re topping off your kid with pop-tarts and pancakes before pushing them out the door to school with (on a good day) combed hair. On the way to the bus he suddenly halts and says … Continue reading

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Next:

Dear Friends, I am writing to tell you that I will be transitioning out of my role as Lead Pastor at Renovation Church. My last Sunday will be June 26, 2022. The hardest part is what to write next. I … Continue reading

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Westland FMC

Winston Churchill said “We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.” Churchill was right, and I can testify to that. In the late 1950’s, a group of Free Methodists shaped a building. By 1972, they shaped a huge addition … Continue reading

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Meijer Horse

There’s a store in Michigan — more of a self-contained universe — called Meijer. The “j” is silent, but every other letter should be pronounced. Think of it as a mistyped y, like “Meiyer”. Meijer has everything: watermelons, toasters, jackets, … Continue reading

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