Staff Blog

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 »

What Grace Looks Like

I received this note from a man who has been attending our church. This man is an intelligent, articulate and compassionate person. On the outside, he could pass for an attorney or a college professor. But there are areas of life that he wrestles with just like all of us. I wanted to have you… Read more »

Be Aware of Unwrapped Gifts

So many gifts we receive come unwrapped. These gifts can come to us in all sorts of forms. Some unwrapped gifts come as experiences, loving words or gestures. Some unwrapped gifts are so subtle you can almost miss them. Though there is never a bow, a name tag or bright wrapping paper to an unwrapped… Read more »

Daring Greatly

I’m not much of a downhill skier (sorry to bring up snow…as if it were winter). But when I do hit the slopes, I’m never content with staying upright. If I don’t end up in a heap at some point on the hill, it means that I’m not pushing myself. I hop back up and jump up to… Read more »

I Love Junior High

This past Wednesday I had the great privilege of teaching our Junior High students at our Youth Group meeting. Really I had a blast. I’m not certain the kids learned that much but we sure had fun. The time I spent with these young people made me so thankful for the leadership of our Youth… Read more »

Finding Peace in Your Finances

This past week, I received a note from a good friend, Steve Hinderhofer reporting to us the progress being made in the class he is teaching, Financial Peace University. Steve and Mary have been leading this class for several years and have led a class in Grundy Center where they live. This is a part… Read more »

School of Kingdom Ministry

Heartland Vineyard Church is in its second year of offering School of Kingdom Ministry, a 29 week course where students study their Identity in Christ and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Roi Lene and I are both enrolled as students, as are Amos Groenendyk, our new Student Ministries pastor, and his wife Alison, as… Read more »

A Miracle

Last night at about 8:00 p.m., I experienced a miracle. “A miracle?” you say. Now just so I can validate that statement, let me give you a definition of the word “miracle.” miracle (mir-uh-kuh-l) – an extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses known human or natural powers and is ascribed a supernatural cause…. Read more »

Giving is What We Do Best

In Eugene Peterson’s wonderful book, “Running with the Horses,” he describes a time in his life where he watched a mother bird teaching her three chicks how to fly. The mother swallow got alongside the chicks and started shoving them out toward the end of the branch – pushing, pushing, pushing. The end one fell… Read more »