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Don’s Blog

  • A Theological Sexual Ethic (6/22/2017) This week I will be preaching on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. In this text God calls his people to a theological sexual ethic that is meant to be a stable call to holiness for his church in a world with a sexual ethic that is always shifting. The apostle Paul is clear in this text that […]
  • Morning Prayers (6/15/2017) Prayer can be tough. I have not yet met a person who would tell me that they are totally nailing prayer, have it all figured out, and are on top of their prayer game. So I set out to make this year a personal journey into prayer and it has been challenging. Several years ago […]
  • Pastoral Humor (5/25/2017) I have been away this week in Chicago at a Pastor’s Conference. There is something refreshing about getting away and hearing from speakers instead of being the speaker. It is doubly encouraging to hear from men who understand the office, understand the stresses, and understand the temptations that come with the territory of leading a […]
  • Coming Alive, Again (5/18/2017) There was a time when I had not lived long enough to know that life is not a straight line. A younger me, assumed that life was defined by setting a dream and then striving for it. I really believed that things pretty much progressed in that direction with some hurdles to overcome and a […]
  • The Double Edges of Celebrating God’s Timing (5/11/2017) Have you ever noticed how quickly we give God credit for the timing of something that works out to our advantage? Don’t get me wrong, I would always encourage giving God credit for good things in our lives, but over and opposed to ONLY ever giving him credit when it goes well is something I […]
  • Parent Dedication or Baby Dedication (5/4/2017) Baby dedication. Parent dedication. Words matter. Even if the difference in wording only subtly changes the perspective it can signal a significant difference in intentions. At ReCAST we prefer to have a parent dedication service rather than baby or infant dedication services. When parents come to this service in two weeks, it is important to […]
  • And I Danced (4/27/2017) I was not made for rhythm. I can’t clap and sing at the same time. I have never played a musical instrument. For a very brief time in college I tried to teach myself guitar, but I quit when I realized that you need to have rhythm in order to strum. And apparently dancing requires […]
  • Planning For Felixibility (3/23/2017) I have this sneaking suspicion that I will not be the same person in two weeks. I do not know what I will be, but I will have experienced some unique experiences that I am praying will be formative in my life. On Monday, I will depart from Chicago O’Hare Airport and about 24 hours […]
  • A Fever for Christian Chicken (2/23/2017) Christian Chicken is what we call it around our house. And it tastes better than all other chicken sandwiches. Maybe it is the prayer, maybe it is some secret process, maybe it is the nostalgia of my few years living in the south where it was readily available. But now a Chick-Fil-A has opened in […]
  • Chillin’ In the Shack with the Almighty (2/16/2017) It is pretty rare for a Facebook post to turn into a blog for me, but after posting an article by Tim Challies regarding the upcoming movie that follows the best selling book, “The Shack” I determined a blog may be a good way to follow up. I wrote a review of this book way […]
  • Laying the Foundation (2/9/2017) It has been so exciting to see the process of a church building go up on our property in Mattawan. I have watched the process of the clearing of the land, I have watched the dump trucks bring in the gravel to level the base for the parking lot, I have watched them pour footers […]
  • What Jesus Believes on Immigration (2/2/2017) I have had people tell me what I am supposed to believe regarding immigration as a follower of Jesus Christ. I find that one of the most repugnant lines of religious abuse is found in the formula, “If you follow Jesus, then you will agree with (fill in the blank)!” I see no difference between […]
  • Too Old for Video Games? (1/19/2017) I play video games. As a middle-aged man, north of forty, I feel like I just admitted to being immature, unproductive, and generally juvenile. I find that video games are a good way to unwind my mind. My StrengthsFinder profile reveals that I have input, learner, and ideation . . . Meaning that my mind […]
  • Holding the Pearl (1/12/2017) I am preaching through the parables of Matthew 13, and in Matthew 13:45-46, Jesus explains the extreme value of his kingdom through a story about a pearl trader who discovers the greatest pearl. This man, who knows a lot about pearls, goes all in and sells all that he has to obtain this pearl. Jesus […]
  • The Privilege of Preaching (1/4/2017) I do not assume that people will show up on any given Sunday for ReCAST Church. Despite the historical data that on every Sunday since April 19, 2009 people have gathered together as ReCAST Church, there is still a weekly surprise that someone came back. I say this without a shred of manipulative false humility, […]
  • 2016 Book Reading Highlights (12/29/2016) I try to wrap up the end of the year with a blog about books and resources I have read that have been beneficial for my walk with Jesus. I am not sharing these as wholesale endorsements. I am not paid to recommend anything. I find that reading and listening to good books is a […]
  • Here Comes the Snow (12/8/2016) I am writing from the warmth of a coffee shop, but outside the snow is gently falling. Forecasters are saying that it will stop gently falling and will begin ferociously falling in the next few hours resulting in a real winter for West Michigan. Some people will say “finally!” Others will say, “Go Away!” I […]
  • The Gift of Giving (12/1/2016) So many charities, so little resources! This time of the year I am often bombarded by many excellent charities who want to kindly remind me that they are doing good work. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to use the resources that God has given me to be a blessing beyond my immediate […]
  • Thanks for the Things I Complain About (11/23/2016) This blog us not written to make you feel guilty. It is more of a confession that I will let you all in on with the hopes that it moves us all along further down the road to gratitude. So let me state at the outset, that I can be a class A complainer. Within […]
  • Turkey with All The Fixin’s (11/17/2016) Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday. I’m not a huge fan of turkey, cranberry sauce, or stuffing. Don’t get me wrong, I will still have my share of food on Thanksgiving Day, but the traditional foods are not what I look forward to most. Instead, what I look forward to are a different kind of […]

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