Video of the aftermath of Heartland EFC’s fire

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This past week, just five days after the fire, I met with a 5-year old girl to talk about the fire. Her room in the church was one of the places that burned, and she was having a hard time understanding how fire had permanently damaged that familiar space. We looked at photos of the room, and tried to help her express her feelings about the black smoke on her toy kitchen and the missing ceiling tiles.My own 9-year old daughter, three days after the fire, on the way back from a family dinner … [Read more...]

When our favorite places burn

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How much must God love us to let us go through this together? That’s the question I keep asking myself after the fire last night at Heartland.I don’t say that to minimize the importance of church buildings, or places in general. I’m actually extremely sentimental about places. God placed our souls in a body, and then placed those bodies in a location. So locations are a part of the goodness of God to us. And one of the most important locations, or places, in my life is 1620 19th Stree … [Read more...]

Only men can change the boy into a man

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“It’s becoming clear to us that manhood doesn’t happen by itself; it doesn’t happen just because we eat Wheaties. The active intervention of the older men means that older men welcome the younger man into the ancient, mythologized, instinctive male world.” – Robert BlyI remember the precise moment that I felt welcomed into the “instinctive male world.” I was 12-years old when my friend Thom invited me to hunt pheasant with him, his dad, and a few other sportsmen. I took a hunter safety class, … [Read more...]

Do kids need batteries to have fun?

Childhood wonder

“In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate place." - Richard Louv I helped out with a summer camp a while back. About three hundred children from Nebraska and Kansas met at Timberlake Ranch Camp for a week of canoeing, shooting bows, and running a ropes course. The campers and leaders share the space with about a hundred deer and about twice that many wild turkeys. A few days into the weeklong camp, I had supper with one of the ca … [Read more...]

Is Nebraska about to take a step forward?

LB103 - A Good Thing!

I want to use this blog, at times, to discuss things in Nebraska that are very important to me, personally. Few things in my life right now are more than this issue.Today, the Education Committee (Nebraska's State Legislature) hears discussion on LB103. This legislative bill seeks to change the current law that prevents homeschoolers from participating in high school sports and other extracurricular activities (unless they are enrolled at least 1/2-time in a public school). This is an … [Read more...]

To the guy with the gun out the window

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There are hunters... and then there are guys with guns in pickups. These are very different categories.A couple years ago, I encountered a guy with a gun in a pickup. It was an hour after sundown on a crisp December night, and my son and I were outside, talking with our good friend Mike. (Mike is also the landowner of the property I hunt.) All three of us jumped. My son grabbed my pant leg and squeezed. A single rifle shot exploded from the road, about a 1/4-mile from the driveway leading … [Read more...]


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