Category: Divine Summons

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2 The Trials & Triumphs of Tentmaking But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I […]

Divine Summons 6

This is my version of the story after years of reflecting back upon that night in the dining center with my new Bible.  I have not tried to embellish it or exaggerate the claims. Though, truth be told, you might get a very different story if you asked […]

Divine Summons 5

Hearts Burning & Worldview Turning I was no different than the two disciples on the road to Emmaus as I walked across the Bethel campus through the cool spring rain to the dining center toting my new Bible.  My future was filled with uncertainty. The story I had […]

Divine Summons 4

A Cliffhanger And It’s Sequel Take a survey sometime of Bible reading Christians and ask them if they’ve spent more time reading the Gospels or the Book of Acts.  The answer is will always be the Gospels.  And it’s not even a close contest.  But why is this? […]

Divine Summons 3

1 In My Former Book In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he […]

Divine Summons 2

A Story of Stories My story begins somewhere in the middle of this human struggle to trust my life to God while maintaining control of my own destiny. I was steadily plodding along in my second year of college at Bethel University (then Bethel College). I was doing […]

Divine Summons: Introduction

“I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” (Psalm 77:11).

We gain the confidence to face an uncertain future by remembering the faithfulness of God in the past. We are entering a season of uncertainty. Keri and I are preparing to close another chapter in our life of ministry together, and begin a new chapter soon.

Yet, our current chapter at Faith Covenant Church came unexpectedly and all too suddenly for me. When we arrived at Faith in the fall of 2007 I wasn’t ready to close the book on the previous chapter of ministry in Mound. We were seeing a genuine movement of God explode in my hometown, as The Revolution ministry I planted was steadily gaining steam.

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Coffeehouse Live at Ground Zero The next outreach event would be similarly geared towards drawing the local musicians in the school.  Many decided they wanted to take the stage after seeing the first Battle of the Bands.  But I wondered if we could cast the invitation even wider […]

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Prepare For Battle My conversation with Bryan Royle in the park had convinced me that the best way to draw a crowd and get the attention the students in town was to host a Battle of the Bands.  I immediately began planning the big night. This is when […]

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Chapter 6 Let’s Make Some Noise “Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. . . The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most […]

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The Aftermath That first Battle of the Bands event was great success and a major breakthrough for the Revolution.  I felt even more like apostle Paul now, as I went back to my daily grind of juggling three jobs plus pioneering an groundbreaking ministry.  At school the following […]