Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, would my neighbor miss me at all? It’s a question worth asking. If I were to move, would my neighbors see that as a loss? Would they notice? Worse yet, might they be relieved? Especially for those who follow Jesus, it is important to think through what type of neighbor [...]

June 27th, 2017|


No matter where you are in life you can find yourself somewhere in the Psalms. Whether it is despair or praise, waiting or celebration--the Psalmist knows what you feel. This gift of finding someone else expressing our own internal turmoil or joy helps us express more clearly the chaos and longings colliding within us. Any [...]

June 20th, 2017|

Finding Healing, Redemption, and Healing

Convention speaker Nick Stumbo offers a message of hope to people trapped by addictive behavior Meet Nick Stumbo, featured speaker at FEC’s upcoming “Freedom” convention and author of the book Setting Us Free. In this inspiring book, Nick describes his journey from addiction to redemption—thanks to help he received from Pure Desire Ministries, where he [...]

June 15th, 2017|

What Do You Really Want?

Over the last two days, I had the privilege of hanging out with several other church planters in the FEC. This morning we began our time together by studying the passage from Mark 10 where Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus. If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can read it here. Then [...]

June 13th, 2017|

Are We Pandering to Millennials?

Should churches change for the sake of the rising generation? This is a perennial debate. At the Juicy Ecumenism blog, my friend Mark Tooley has given some historical perspective on why changing theology to suit the perceived preferences of the younger generation is always a bad idea. While the church should never “pander” to anyone, however, [...]

June 6th, 2017|

Adoption Comes From Mercy

Last week I shared with you the story of our son’s adoption. I shared how this amazing course of events reminds me of the spiritual truth that God adopts us as His children. I ended last week’s Spot of Grace with Ephesians 1:5: In love, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus [...]

May 30th, 2017|

News From the Front

Northwoods Community Church launches new campus in Canton, Illinois  “We’ve been looking for a church home for the last five years. We’ve just never found something we could connect with—until now.” This comment is one among many from unchurched people in Canton, Illinois. Today, those families have a place to plug in, thanks to Northwoods [...]

May 25th, 2017|

Familiar Face, New Role

FEC welcomes Jay Nickless to church planting team FEC is pleased to welcome a familiar face to a new role at the FEC office. Effective April 3, Jay Nickless joined the FEC ministry team as the new church planting field coordinator. No stranger to church planting, Jay has served as a church planter, strategic leader, [...]

May 18th, 2017|

Word of God speak, let it fall down like rain.

Well, we are back home after another round of village trips. This time we were able to visit two villages and share the stories of Cain and Abel and Noah in both. There were many hard things about the trip; the inescapable heat, nowhere comfortable to sit or relax, goats, sheep, cattle, and chickens wandering around [...]

May 16th, 2017|

FEC Final Quiz Off – Congratulations to Eureka Bible Church and Berne Church!

Top  10 JR. HIGH Quizzers from this quiz-off: Kayci Riddle, Grace Seth Metcalfe, Eureka Chelsea Born, Pine Hills (tie) Taylor Rogers, Grace (tie) Marla Weeks, Grace (tie) Ryan Grieser, Dewey Daniel Oyer, Archbold    Shelby Riddle, Grace      Lily Wegner, Eureka Kaiden Keiser, Archbold   Top JR. HIGH Quizzer from each church from this quiz-off: Archbold:  Daniel [...]

May 9th, 2017|