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iFast 5.0

This July marks the 5th time I have taken a monthly fast from Social Media and much other technology. Here's what I am doing and why...

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Parenting Matters

One of the side topics we looked at during this weekend's message at Riv was the impact that a parent has on their child.  Jacob desperately longed for love and blessing from his father but it always eluded him because his dad loved his brother Esau more.  Instead of learning from his father's mistake, Jacob commits the same sin and favors his son Joseph over his ...

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What a Year

“I’m leaving my husband.”   These were the first words a woman tearfully shared with me on the phone earlier this year.  After a decade of “irreconcilable differences,” she and her husband were calling it quits.  I begged her to fight for her marriage and pointed her to the picture of marriage Paul paints in Ephesians 5.  She and her husband are now ...

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Heikkinen vs. Nature

On the afternoon of November 29, 2013 a fateful battle took place in the chill winter air of Holt, Michigan.  Here, as best as I can recall the details through the fog of war, is what took place.  It started when Nature made a man angry.   ...

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Who won the free Sola tickets?

On Wednesday, I decided to give away two tickets to Sola.  The nomination process was simple, tell me who deserved them (someone you were thankful for) and I would chose someone.  Well, Black Friday changed all that for me.  Here's what I ended up deciding.  

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Joe Needs Your Help

Last year, we were fortunate enough to have the bearded Joe Swords (and his lovely wife Ashley) as part of our Church Planting Residency program.  They are planting The Exchange Church in Clio, Michigan.  Don't be ashamed if you don't know where Clio is (I didn't either until I met Joe).  It's a small town north of Flint. One of the reasons I am so excited ...

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Want a free ticket to Sola?

Just two weeks until Sola I promised you that I'd give away another free ticket, so here's what we're going to do today: Pastor Joe Testa and I are going to eat lunch together somewhere on MSU's campus today from 11amish until noonish Find us The first person to interrupt our lunch and say, "I want to go to Sola," is getting a free ticket.  How does that sound? ...

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Porn Harms

This past weekend at Riv, I talked about the logical connection between porn and sex slavery.  Lots of people told me they were thankful I was willing to go there and a handful were flat out angry that I would dare to make that connection.  Many of the arguments they made to me betray how little we as a culture think logically about these sorts of things and the ...

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A Weighty Weekend

As I studied Genesis 16 last week and the depth of the pain and suffering in the passage began to settle on me, I knew it was going to be a weighty weekend at Riverview.  I don't have the space to try to summarize the message here, but you can watch it here if you weren't there.  Monday or Tuesday, I will try to post a few clips from the message on the various ...

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Sola 13 Signed Book Giveaway

This morning I found out that we are closing in on 1900 people registered for Sola 13 Amazing! Because of this, I decided to kick things up a notch.  Here's what we are going to do. The 2000th person to register for the conference is going to get a signed copy of 5 books written by Sola speakers.  I am personally going to hand it to each speaker to sign and ...

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