Category Archives: Doing Church in the Burbs

(Intro) The Yellow Line – What CrossFit Taught a Pastor About Church

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So, studying to be a doctor?

I remember walking into my office (aka Starbucks) and seeing a guy reading a book as thick as my thigh! So I said to him, “So, studying to be a doctor?” (Yeah, I do stuff like that.) He told me he was … Continue reading

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In this house!

It has been a while since I posted here. I’ve been kind of busy finding a new rhythm to life at my new church; Joy! Lutheran Church in Gurnee, Illinois. And although our new church is in Gurnee, my family … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye – Where’s Pastor Mark

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Farewell

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Dear Our Saviour’s, One thing is certain. God’s timing can come as a surprise. And this may come as a complete surprise. I have accepted a call to be Lead Pastor of Joy Lutheran Church in … Continue reading

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Sad News – The Death of a Friend, a Mother, a Saint

  I gave her the name “African Queen.” She was dignified. She was a matriarch to her family and in the community. She was a dear friend to many. She was a Vida Humana advocate to the sick and dying. … Continue reading

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She Just Needed Time

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I think they made us the godparents!

Every missional leader has something that keeps them up at night. Something that makes their heartbeat quicken. Bill Hybels calls it a holy discontent. Moses couldn’t stand oppression and abuse. Mother Teresa couldn’t stand extreme poverty. For Martin Luther King … Continue reading

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Brilliant Pastor Trip Update

Well, in less than eight hours the Brilliant Pastor Trip will come to an end and I will head back to Naperville. Let me just say that the caliber of pastors I met with exceeded all expectations. The level of … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning (aka The Huddle)

I was just inspired by a message from John Ortberg of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, probably one of the best communicators I have ever heard. He suggests and I agree that weekend worship services are similar to a … Continue reading

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