HVC Blog

Without Excuse

As we begin an eight week study on the first eight chapters of the book of Romans, I will be writing blogs that go along with my teaching. But there is nothing that can replace getting into a Small Group and together with a few brothers and sisters in Christ, ruminating on the scripture. We… Read more »


This question has come up a lot lately in reference to Heartland Vineyard Church. It goes something like, “What is the vision of Heartland Vineyard Church?” Another way I’ve heard this put is, “Where is Heartland Vineyard Church going?” Let me take some time and describe what I saw nearly thirty years ago that gave… Read more »

The Vineyard’s Response to Legalized Gay Marriage

In lieu of the latest Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage, I wanted to make this letter available to you my church family. It was written by Phil Strout, our Vineyard USA National Director. I am thankful for our Vineyard Leadership and the loving and thoughtful way they have handled this issue. This letter was written… Read more »

Resurrection Life

If you’re like me, you want to change. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about personal change it’s this: you’ve got to change the way you think first. Romans 12:2 “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” You don’t change by trying harder. The average New Year’s… Read more »

It’s Not About Starting but About Finishing

In Robert Clinton’s book “Listen Up Leaders!” Clinton did a study on 100 Biblical characters and of those Bible characters, only 11 finished well in life. That’s pretty dismal. One out of ten finished well. Clinton’s further study revealed that this was true in contemporary life. Many are having great starts but only a few… Read more »

What do we mean by discipleship?

When Jesus was walking around on this earth, he didn’t build a building or write a book to carry on his legacy or mission, he started a community of people. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Bible and think buildings are important if used for Kingdom purposes. But what Jesus focused his time on… Read more »

Dan-ing Greatly

I’ve gotten a lot of bad news since Christmas. Actually, I suppose the bad news started before Christmas. We celebrated Christmas with my Grandpa in the hospital. Not allowed to go back home, I helped move my grandparents into assisted living on New Year’s Day. Only a few weeks later, he is under hospice care…. Read more »

Wired to connect

I have the great privilege of meeting with our senior pastor (my dad), Amos and Chandar every Monday to talk, pray and plan around things that are happening in our church. We call this time our Senior Leadership meeting, and it has become one of the best parts of my week. Every Monday, we start… Read more »

Daring Greatly: The Journey of Wholehearted Living

As a kid, I remember waking up on January 1st. Still filled with the joy of Christmas break and not having to go to school, I’d go downstairs and turn on the TV. Barely yet aware of the existence of college football, I knew that on January 1 I could count on one thing: floats…. Read more »

Christmas is for Kids

Once upon a time, a man punished his five-year-old daughter for using up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper before Christmas. Money was tight, so he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve, he saw that the child had used the expensive gold paper to decorate a large shoebox she had… Read more »