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Home Runs Start Launching Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the opening of the 2016 baseball season! And few things in baseball are as fun to watch as home run. In fact, if you’re any sort of baseball fan, this 54-second video will probably get your blood pumping for the first pitch: But regardless of which AL or NL team you cheer for, […]

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Blueprint Begins

One of the issues I’m pretty passionate about is that of family and home, which is why I’m really excited to start a new series tomorrow rooted in Colossians 3, “God’s Blueprint for a Biblical Home.” It’s just a four-week emphasis, but we’ll dive in and dig deep into text and context to see God’s […]

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Break the Chain!

My father-in-law at 19. A Golden Glover! Most of us—I’m speaking of men here—have heard the stats about absentee fathers. And we know absenteeism tends to have a generational proclivity, becoming an almost seemingly impossible sinful cycle to break. Fortunately, statistics don’t tell the whole story. At least not for my wife’s father, Phil Smith. […]

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Getting “Buy” With a Little Help From My Friends

Today my newest book, Home Run, is released digitally through Amazon. But instead of a chapter excerpt (read those here) or a video clip (watch it here) as ‘Day 1’ promotion, here’s what some of my friends are saying about it. After all, a good referral in someone else’s few words is worth a thousand […]

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Under Wonder

Ever notice how when we use the word “under,” even in a negative sense, we often mean engulfed? Like saturated. Overtaken. Totally wrapped up. Like when someone says, “I’m under some big stress at home” … or “I’m really under a load at work.” Even in a literal and more positive sense, under still means […]

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A Christmas Gift from Coach

Our son, Brett, played basketball for Ankeny (#2 in the pic). And, like many others, he had been waiting several years for his senior year. Why? Playing time, baby! (Credit to Dickie V.) Maybe even the starting line up! Well, that didn’t happen like he/we had hoped; it was disappointing at best. He had a great […]

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