Intentional Parenting

Intentional Parenting

Several years ago, my wife Julie and I were invited by some friends of ours to attend an Intentional Parenting conference that was being hosted at their church. At the time, I remember feeling utterly exhausted and defeated as a parent. Much like a deflated Tom Brady...
Moving to New Zealand

Moving to New Zealand

Oh yes we did. We moved to New Zealand. We sold our business, all of our large items and furniture, said goodbye to family and friends and are finally here. It’s actually been on my heart for a while to start this blog. We’ve been on quite an adventure the last year...
New Year’s Eve Prayers

New Year’s Eve Prayers

Last Sunday we launched into the New Year as a community by reflecting on four precious promises from Christ. Since then, many folks have reached out and asked if they could have access to the corporate prayers that were written and used in our time of worship...
Advent Week 4: Mission

Advent Week 4: Mission

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light...
Advent Week 3: Unity

Advent Week 3: Unity

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have...
Advent Week 2: Prayer

Advent Week 2: Prayer

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel...
Advent Week 1: Gratitude

Advent Week 1: Gratitude

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:14, 16   The Advent season is all about awaiting the...
Defining Biblical Worship

Defining Biblical Worship

Every Sunday millions of Christians around the globe gather together with their church for a worship service. If you’ve been to River West on a Sunday, you have likely heard our pastors use the word worship to describe what we do when we gather in the name of Jesus....
Reawakening the Child Within

Reawakening the Child Within

Did you ever struggle with how to celebrate Halloween growing up? No? Just me? How do we comprehend Halloween as children? Or, as adults, how do we wrestle with a holiday that is so culturally prevalent but also theologically challenging? Serving kids at River West...