You know what… it’s OK to love the church. (VIDEO)

Heartland Hands[1]

The church has come under fire these days, drawing harsh words from critics and bloggers every time a celebrity pastor fails. On one hand, I understand these critics… there are problems in the church, and there’s no mystery as to why – the church is filled with people who hurt others. We call these people [Read More...]

Video of the aftermath of Heartland EFC’s fire

child firetruck

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 [Read More...]

When our favorite places burn


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, [Read More...]

Does Big Government Make Neighbors Superfluous?

Food stamps verses neighbors

I’d rather have a homemade loaf of bread from my neighbor than a loaf of whole grain Wonder bread from the Government. One type of care has a federal stamp on it. The other has a heart beating within it. We talk about whether we want “big government” or “small government” as if we’re talking [Read More...]