Staff Blog

Being Refitted

Heartland Vineyard Church has gone through many radical changes over its short 24 year history. From a living room to rented facilities to a 70,000 square foot Worship Center. From a tiny church plant to becoming one of the larger church in the Cedar Valley From 5 people in our living room to 5 pastors… Read more »


– a situation in which you have to make a difficult choice. The following is a parable: Once, a man was lost in the desert, near death from thirst. He wandered aimlessly through the burning sand day after day, growing weaker by the moment. At long last, he saw an oasis in the distance with… Read more »

God Wants You on the Floor

I received this email from one of our members this week: “A while back you mentioned at the end of service that if we saw in our mind a person, God wanted us to pray for them. We waited for a moment and God showed me a person, a coworker who popped into my head…. Read more »

A Grace Filled Church with a Kingdom of God Mission

This week, my wife Roi Lene and I traveled to Iowa City to respond to God’s heart, not as pastors but as believers in Jesus Christ. We met with a young man whom we deeply love and is battling Leukemia. Then we visited a young family whose two year old daughter is suffering with a… Read more »

Sky or Heart – Where is God?

Today, I received a note from a new friend and brother in Christ. He is a young man in his twenties and he described to me a new and exciting development in his spiritual life that has been transforming. I asked him to write down what he had experienced and here’s what he wrote. I… Read more »

Do Real Men Hold Hands?

Years ago, I was in a small four seat airplane, flying to Albuquerque, New Mexico to help scout a High School football team we were going to play the following week. There were four of us in the plane; the pilot, our line coach, our linebacker coach and myself. We were all macho coaches with… Read more »

The Power of Connectedness

Yesterday, my son Josh and I had the privilege of having lunch with two men in our church, Dave Hackett and Mark Graham. Mark is a deer hunter and so the main course was “Deer Dogs”. They were fabulous. We talked and laughed and had a great time. This was not the first time I… Read more »

Is Pain an Avenue to God?

I took some time yesterday to go to our church website (, clicked on the YouTube icon, and listened to Nicki Reeves teach on “Sharing in the sufferings of Christ.” We have been teaching from Romans 8 and zeroing in on the idea of being adopted into Sonship and Daughterhood. The following is the passage… Read more »

Home Grown Missionaries

We love missions at Heartland Vineyard Church. In fact, we believe everyone who has Christ living in his or her heart is a missionary. We have a mission, that is, a call to make disciples of people living around us. We are called to reach out to all people, from family members to neighbors, from… Read more »

Kingdom Now

Our Kingdom Now conference with Ed McGlasson is going to be a great event. Ed has been a friend for many years and is one of my favorite speakers. He’ll make you laugh and cry at the same time. Ed is a long time student of the impact fathers make on the family, the church… Read more »