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Thank-filled Chipmunks

Our backyard chipmunk, Freddie, sometimes has simply heard enough.  I think that his expression is sometimes how we react after Thanksgiving.  We unfortunately move past the focus on thankfulness and gratitude for a mindless return to the daily grind of life.  How full are you ... Read More

#thankfulface

What does your thankful face look like? Really. Go to a mirror, think thankful thoughts, and look at your face closely. Do you like the expression that you see? This picture is of my Granny Thankful. Yes, her first name was Thankful. I am sure ... Read More

Spring is Coming! And Why it Matters to All of Us.

It is never too early to start thinking about spring–especially since October came to a close in Wisconsin by way of a blanket of snow.  But, there is hope ahead—a great learning opportunity that is coming in the spring.  Registration is now open for Spring ... Read More

Team 21 4th Quarter Prayer Initiative

Team 21 is part of the ADVANCE initiative to promote, support, and fund church planting among SDBs. We are seeking out people who will donate $21 each month towards church planting, pray at least 21 minutes each week (3 minutes per day average) and for ... Read More

Port St. Lucie Florida!

Port St. Lucie, Florida is the spring training home for the New York Mets Major League Baseball team.  The city is also home to an estimated 195,248 people[1], quite a change from the 1970 population of 330 people.  Most exciting though is that Port St. ... Read More

Swedish History and Telling Your Story

Who doesn’t love a good tale from Swedish history? Well, maybe a lot of people, but this Swedish story packs a powerful take home message, offering tremendous insight into faith communication skills. Learning the Language In 1809, King Gustav IV was deposed in a peaceful ... Read More

Running the Middle of a Marathon

In 2001, Martin Franklin placed fifth in the New York City Marathon—at least for a while.  Mr. Franklin was at the start of the race with the rest of the runners when the gun went off.  Then he proudly crossed the finish line with an ... Read More

Registration for MULTIPLY 2019 Closes on November 2. Don’t Wait!

From November 14-16, 2019, the fifth annual MULTIPLY Church Development Conference will take place in Colorado Springs, CO. The Director of Church Development and the Council on Ministry have been working to help provide an opportunity for those who are seeking to start new SDB ... Read More

Fishing in the Wrong Places

One of our infamous family photos is of our son fishing in the parsonage toilet.  Really.  We love this picture (actually I love this picture, my wife has something of the opposite reaction).  Our son ingeniously tied the string to the seat of the toilet, ... Read More

Stepping Forward with SDBU

  “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh   These preeminent words spoken through the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh in children’s literature are a good fit ... Read More