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God was there.

Lake Monroe, IndianaSave me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. (Psalm 69:1-3, NIV)

These words pretty well summarize what David experienced–not the David who penned these words but David Richards, my brother-in-law.

David died last Friday.  He drowned in Lake Monroe, about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.  He was a strong, 33-year-old father of three who was just out to have some fun with his boys, like they had done many times before. Continue reading


Learning More about Jon Kirby

Here is the audio from our public question & answer time with Jon at Heather Hills:
Q&A with Jon Kirby

Here is the audio from Jon’s teaching on spiritual development at Heather Hills:
Four Essential Commitments for a Spiritual Development Ministry

Heather Hills to Candidate Jon Kirby This Weekend


After 4 months of searching and investigating over 50 resumes, I am excited to announce that Heather Hills is candidating a man for our new position of Associate Pastor of Spiritual Development!  It has been a rich process thus far and we have been able to interact with many godly men around the country who are seeking the Lord’s will.   However, in the end, one of our applicants has risen to the top of the list and has been unanimously recommended to our congregation by both the search committee and leadership team. Continue reading

One Matthew; Many Timothys

matthewmurray.jpgFive years ago, things were very different.

At that time Matthew Murray was enrolled in the Youth With a Mission training center in Arvada, Colorado, preparing to go overseas with a ministry team.

How different was Matthew from the best Christian young people you know? 

  • Came from a “very, very” religious family
  • Home-schooled
  • Had an Uncle who is a pastor.
  • Participated in Youth Missions training.

Fast-forward to Sunday, December 9th, 2007. Continue reading

A Heart of Thanksgiving; A Heart of Worship

I apologize to my regular readers for my dearth in blogging in recent days.  It seems that as the Christmas season approaches each year, I become mired in neck-deep details surrounding seasonal performances.  Of course, then, there is my “regular” life too, which consists of helping my pastor shepherd a congregation full of needs.  Oh, and there’s that family stuff too… 😉

Due to the recent conversations here and elsewhere in the blogosphere, I have begun writing an article on the whole secular/sacred dichotomy.  It has been good to think through this area again and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and mulling over them with you!

This morning, SharperIron re-posted one of my articles on thankfulness.  If you haven’t had a chance to read it before, you can find it by clicking here.  Hopefully, it will be an encouragement to you.

I wanted to just jot a brief note here to share what I am thankful for today. Continue reading

Worshipping in Spirit: Robert E. Webber

bobrobe.jpgLast Friday, April 27, 2007, Dr. Bob Webber entered into the presence of God at the end of a long bout with cancer.  He is now having the time of his life.  If you want to read his bio, click here.

Bob was not a fundamentalist.  In fact, though he began his educational pursuits at Bob Jones University, he actually ended up an evangelical Episcopalian!  Obviously, he and I would see many things–many things–differently.

Bob Webber, however, is one of my heroes. Continue reading

Resurrection Sunday: the true story

snowcity.gif“We want to welcome you this morning to the North Pole!  Take out your hymnals and turn to ‘Jingle Bells’!”

That is the way I wanted to start the service yesterday morning.  By 10 AM, a heavy snow was falling in metro Denver and a major accident had just occurred outside our church entrance.  It was more like a winter wonderland than a spring meadow! Continue reading