QUOTABLES: Jim Elliot

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” -Jim Elliot, Christian martyr killed while bringing the gospel to the Auca Indians in the Amazon Jungle in 1956.

Me & Billy G – Evangelistic & Ecumenical

One of the highlights of my ministry in my hometown is also one of the most painful experiences. In the summer of 2012, the City of Mound celebrated its 100th birthday during our annual City Days festival in July. A group of pastors I met with regularly began to coordinate with city leaders to organize…

Me & Billy G – A Face in the Crowd

This is the first of a series of personal tributes to Billy Graham as we celebrate and remember his life. I snuck away from a leadership conference in Chicago awhile back to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes — checking out the local used bookstore. My eye caught the front cover of a Billy…

A City on a Hill: A Biblical Theology of Missions

“Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi Modern readers tend to take the above statement as a kind admonition towards acts of charity and service in the name of Jesus.  But, they are usually quick to make clear that the primary means of evangelizing is through…

Dylan & Denominationalism

In November 1979, while I was 4-months old and sucking down baby milk, Bob Dylan was getting his first taste of the milk of newfound faith in Jesus Christ.  Dylan was about to shock the world and confuse and offend most his fanbase with his first tour as a “born again” believer. His next tour…

NEW: Three Taverns @ MainStreet

In 2012 a newspaper article was published describing the original vision for our MainStreet location, and I encourage you to go read it here. Here’s a taste: MainStreet will soon open a new center in the Stonegate Plaza in Mound. Hometown Pastor Jeremy Berg is quick to make clear, “This is not a church building;…

Imagine a World: Treasure Seekers (Matt 13:44-46)

We gathered at the beach for our annual baptism service and potluck. Always a highlight to preach in the open air with the lapping waves and morning breeze coming off of Lake Minnetonka. I resisted making mention (this time!) that just a few hundred yards down the shoreline Bill Bright housed the Campus Crusade headquarters…

‘Love Your Neighbor as Your Dog’

Strangely enough, it started with the popularity of our local Westonka “Dog Days” celebration. Everywhere I drove around our small community I saw red yard signs in proud pet owners’ lawns making it clear to all residents and visitors of our city: “We love our dogs!” The event, now in its 7th year, is a…