Recapturing Joy: A Short Testimony

This week, I was invited to do something I haven’t done in a while: to be quiet before the Lord.

I know what you’re thinking. But Mike, don’t you do that all the time? Well…no, I don’t. It’s a common assumption that pastors get up before sunrise every day to pray for three hours, … [Continue reading]

Evangelical Bingo

For the next time you’re bored at church…

Fall 2013 Seminary Update

Top to bottom: Leading worship in the DR, CCC’s camp volunteer team, our DR family, a baptism at camp, Bible Study with the youth group

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, I am currently taking classes through Sioux Falls Seminary’s Omaha program. Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to … [Continue reading]

Before and After


I just completed my third week of ministry at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp on behalf of Community Covenant Church, and all I can say is dang. Or maybe wow, I’m not sure. Last week was Junior High week, and it left me simultaneously heartbroken and encouraged. Allow me to explain:

Up to … [Continue reading]

Fall Semester Wrap-Up


Now that the excitement and fun of going back to school has waned, I find myself in the midst of a long, slow grind. This semester was the hardest yet in terms of its workload (my last assignment was due by 11pm on Thursday, and I worked on it up to the last minute!). … [Continue reading]