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Don’s Blog

  • Happy Birthday ReCAST Church! (4/19/2018)   9 years ago today I preached my first sermon as a lead pastor.  Preached is a funny word, because it was 16 adults in the basement of a home in Mattawan, MI.  We brought folding chairs from our card table sets, Dave Bunt brought his acoustic guitar and he sat on the hearth of […]
  • Fairy Tales of Science (a Stephen Hawking Tale) (3/29/2018)   Once upon a time, there was a young man lost in the woods.  He had gone out hunting with his father and got turned around and the next thing he knew, every tree looked the same.  As he leaned against the trunk of a huge beech tree, he saw something flickering through the verdant […]
  • Trusting God with the Children (3/15/2018)   Yesterday saw students around the country walking out of classes to draw national attention to the events of one month ago in Florida.  Many believe that the long term hope is that the government will fix it all for us.  The implication sometimes sounds like, we can keep on living however we want and […]
  • The Glory of the Truth (3/8/2018)   If God told you to share your story with others, would you?  If he asked you to air your past with the heartaches, the lies, the sins, and the brokenness in order to help others, would you do it? I am so thankful for one of our church members, Jacque Chislea, who has responded […]
  • Billy Graham and a Snapshot of Faith (2/22/2018) The quote is powerful. It is poignant. It was prophetic, even if it is somewhat unfair to predict one’s own death. Billy Graham said, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have […]
  • Why is The SI Swimsuit Issue Still a Thing? (2/8/2018) The worms cannot go back in the can! And they really shouldn’t. I don’t want to go back to a world even two years ago, where powerful men are abusing women under their authority without repurcussions. The courage and strength it has taken for the many women who make up the majority of the #metoo […]
  • Blessings Around the World (2/1/2018) I am almost recovered from the jetlag. The trip to Indonesia was a grueling haze of airplanes, airports, waiting, and restless attempts to sleep in a smaller space than my body is made to occupy. The trip was worth it. I cannot speak to any eternal results. I do not know how heaven will be […]
  • Sent Out to Encourage (1/11/2018) In just a few days, Linda, Leah, and I will be flying out for Indonesia commissioned with the task of bringing encouragement to our missionaries. As the date of our travel is quickly arriving, I am thinking more and more about what it means to be an encouragement. And in my reflections, I have grown […]
  • 2018 Pastoral Book Review: My Top 5 (12/28/2017) In the past year I read or listened to 51 books. Listening to audio books while running has added a new dimension to my “reading” and I have found that listening to books while running has given me a chance to take in books (mostly novels) that I couldn’t quite justify reading with the long […]
  • 5 Reasons I am Glad I Married Linda Filcek 22 Years Ago (12/21/2017) 22 years ago this Saturday, I said, “I do” and so did she! That was the forging of a dynamic-duo. We didn’t know then what we know now, but if we knew then what we now know, I would’ve entered marriage with even more joy than I did on that day so many years ago! […]
  • 5 Reasons I Love Winter in Michigan (12/14/2017) How many times have you heard someone say, “I hate snow!”? I find it funny. And you live in West Michigan!? Good call on the life choices. There is a big world out there and a good chunk of it doesn’t get snow fall like West Michigan. I mean, there was that whole snowpocalypse in […]
  • 5 Reasons I Love Mattawan (12/7/2017) I moved to Mattawan in March of 2009 with a focus on planting a church in this community. My wife and I were joined by a handful of couples who had a passion and desire to see the Kingdom of Jesus Christ growing, and we were sold on the idea of church—planting as a vital […]
  • 5 Ways God Has Amazed (11/30/2017) As a church-planter/Pastor I have had a front row seat to see God move in and through the lives of a church over the course of time. And it seems like there are transitional times that move me to reflect more on our history and the great things that God has done. Receiving our new […]
  • 5 Observations About Sabbath Rest (11/16/2017) As a pastor I have worked to try to find a rhythm of ministry that organizes my areas of responsibility around the days of the week. Study is focused on Mondays and Tuesdays. Drafting my sermons is on Wednesdays. I have meetings with staff and elders as well as counseling appointments sprinkled throughout. There are […]
  • 5 Reasons to Freak Out About a Church Shooting (11/9/2017) 1. You Believe that This World is a Safe Place Many of us were shocked at the terrible events in Texas last week as a disturbed and angry man assaulted a church near San Antonio killing many during a worship service. We should be surprised that this doesn’t happen more often! If we believe that […]
  • 5 Reasons I Love the ReCAST Staff (11/2/2017) God has put together an excellent staff at ReCAST and it has been a joy to serve alongside of each and every person. So here are five reasons I love our staff at ReCAST Church. 1. We Work Well Together All of the staff have worked through the Strengthsfinder and we have a hodge-podge of […]
  • 5 Reasons I Celebrate the Reformation (10/26/2017) 500 years ago a Roman Catholic monk nailed 95 theses to the Wittenberg door. And 500 years down the road, the echoes of that hammer still ring loudly in the faith of many. I have been guided by men I have never met. My faith has been shaped and protected by the sacrifices of others. […]
  • 5 Ways You Can Bless Your Pastor (9/28/2017) This may seem presumptious as a pastor writing about ways to bless your pastor. Self-serving much? But I honestly think that it may be of benefit to the few who read my blog who do not attend ReCAST church to hear from a pastor what is a regular blessing and encouragement to me. 1. Tell […]
  • 5 Takeaways from the Sing!2017 Conference (9/21/2017) I just got home from attending a three day conference in Nashville for Pastors and worship leaders. It was an amazing experience for a variety of reasons. Often, attending a conference is like drinking from a fire-hose. This was no different. But here is my attempt to give the highlights of conference. 1. We didn’t […]
  • 5 Reasons I am Visiting our Missionaries in Indonesia (9/14/2017) Last week, my wife and I bought plane tickets for us and our daughter to visit friends from our church who are missionaries in Indonesia. I am looking forward to this trip for many reasons, but the central reason comes from the relationship we have with these specific missionaries. They are friends who we have […]

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