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About Me: 

Now into my second pastorate, but in my 42nd year of life, I have been doing the pastoral ministry thing for just over 7 and a half years now. I've been married for almost 20 years and have three beautiful children who (disobediently) keep growing like weeds. I love God and love His church.

When I first felt the call to head in to pastoral ministry, I initially thought that youth ministry would be the thing: "Then I can start with fresh, young minds and hearts who either don't have a lot of church baggage, or who are more than willing to shed it to try new things." I thought.

But then God said to me, "Dan, you know I love people of all ages, right?"

So I said to myself, "Okay, I'll go in to church planting then. That way I can reach and disciple people of all ages and backgrounds, and we still will hopefully either have people who don't have much church baggage, or who are more than willing to shed it."

And God said to me, "Dan, you know I love people in established churches too, right?"

So I said, "Okay, okay, just not the CRC, okay God?"

And, wouldn't you know it, He said, "Dan, you DO know that I love the CRC too, right?"

And so, what else could I do but fall in love with young and old, of all nationalities and backgrounds, from all kinds of churches (yes, I love those in church plants too) and even CRC's?

Now I've been in love in this way for 8 or nine years and counting... God is good.

Interests: 

I'm interested in a wide variety of things:

Reading fiction (esp. sci-fi) and watching films, reading theology, serving the church, reading comics and graphic novels, listening to Canadian indie music, the occasional website work, computer games, and more. I like doing rennovations (if you ever come our way, you should see some!). And I love playing with and reading to our kids, and spending time with my wife.

I've also discovered, though, that if anything were (God forbid) to happen to my family suddenly, and I were left alone, I'd be very tempted to become a monk and take vows of silence and poverty.

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Funeral Liturgy?

Do we have a "Funeral" liturgy anywhere? I'm on the Liturgical Forms & Resources page, but I don't see one. I see one for marriage, but not funerals...

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What's the Trinity Like?

What's the Trinity like? I was thinking about this the other day, and though I know I risk heresy by even trying to liken the Trinity to something within human experience, here are my thoughts. 

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Grateful for What...or Whom?

At this time of year, when we’re especially thinking about being grateful to God, how often is our focus almost exclusively on what God has done, instead of on who He is?

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Hiring: A Practice in Spiritual Discernment

In the church we talk about the someone is “called" to be a minister, or elder, or deacon. I’ve been wondering, what difference does that make in how we search for a job, or how we hire employees?

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Celebrating Disorganization

For what seemed to be a brief while (to me) there was a bit of a trend in the Church to abhor "planning" as a way of "stifling the Spirit." But has this short little trend been replaced with too much "order", "planning", and "professionalism"?

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Rolling in the Aisles

So, when and how and why should we laugh with God? How do you laugh with God?

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Mom and Pop vs. Big Box Church

Why do you shop where you shop? Many of us choose to shop where we do because of the prices the store offers, or the selection, or the convenience. More rarely, I think, we do business with certain places out of a sense of customer loyalty. I believe this is true about our congregations, too...

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Advice or Imperative: How Can We Know?

I know some of you haven't taken Greek, and that it's been a while for some of the rest of us, but as I was preparing for a sermon series in the New Year regarding reconciliation, I got to thinking about Greek imperatives. Maybe some of you experts out there can help me. Can you tell us anything about the relative strength of an imperative in Greek?

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The Siphonophore Gospel

Sometimes I think that we have trouble truly understanding the gospel because we are too wrapped up in the whole story of the gospel. Don't get me wrong, I am eternally grateful for the fact that I am inextricably wrapped up in God's great story of redemption. Rather, my problem is that sometimes I'm so mixed up between the true gospel and things that I've just brought along with me as baggage from my tradition, the culture around me, or just my own messed up head, that I just can't see what the gospel is really like in all its glorious richness. Which brings me to God's creation. Scientists...
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