Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pictures of Shorewood, IL

Here are a few of the pictures that I took on a recent trip to Shorewood, IL where God has led my family to plant a church called The Pursuit.

Please be praying for that endeavor as we are planning, dreaming and preparing.


Fitness is a Hot Commodity--
Spiritual Fitness... eh... not so much. Pursuing to change that!

Neighborhood just across the street from a sister church--from what I
understand, not enough impact.

Continuing Construction of new homes continues

New Village Center--

Street Expansion--the roads are not big enough to handle all the new traffic

Thursday, February 26, 2009

When God Moves...

I mentioned that the trip to Shorewood included some clear moments when God was moving. Shane being able to walk in and get a job offer, then the waitress who asked about the book. It was greatly encouraging to me and I was glad that Shane was able to see it too. It was, in many ways, confirmation of His presence at work in the prep work for The Pursuit.

I was wondering... Sometimes there seems to be a pattern of seeing God's hand move most often and most clearly.

When and in what circumstances do we see God moving the most?

When and in what circumstances do we see God moving the least?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Recent Trip to Shorewood, IL

I got back home from Shorewood yesterday after driving on wind swept & snowy roads. Glad I made it back in one piece.

The Epoch class I had hoped to attend was canceled on Saturday due to the lead teacher, Sean Benesh’s son getting sick. Glad to hear he’s not too serious.

Anyway, my friend, Shane, was able to see the area for the first time. He is strongly considering moving his family up to Shorewood with us in order to plant this church. He and I got to see a couple of things.

First, Shane was able to walk into a fitness gym and get offered a job. He’s got personal training certification and several styles of martial arts at his disposal. So in an exercise crazed area, he’s got in demand skills—wish I could say that! He also plays the drums. I took him into a Guitar Center and watched him play and drool over the drums.

The other good thing he was able to see came as we went to dinner. Before dinner we were at the Joliet mall looking around. In the bookstore, he bought a copy of The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel. As we were getting out of the car to go into Steak & Shake, I had the impression that I needed to take the book in with us. I ignored it and got out of the car. After about 3 steps, I stopped and went back for the book. After getting it, I told Shane, “I’m bringing this in, hopefully as a conversation starter. I’ll take a book in with a good title like this or Disappointment With God by Philip Yancey and put it out and hope for a conversation.”

He thought that was a good idea. The cooler thing was less than 10 seconds after sitting down, our server showed up, noticed the book and asked, “Is that a good book?” She proceeded to write down the title and we talked a bit about her life and faith. I asked if there was anything we could pray for her about. She said she’s pretty stressed, her family is strained and/or separated and she only gets to go to church with her father when she’s with him. She’s a junior in high school and is working to 10 or later at night and too tired to do homework. Please be praying for her, her name starts with a G. I wrote her a note and thanked her for being a blessing to us. I also told her to watch out for The Pursuit to open up in the next year or so.

Shane really needed to see those two things happen: the job and the book. He has only been a Christian for a year and needs a lot of intentional discipleship. Right now, he is eager to serve. But he was able to see that he does have skills to offer and that God can move and work right before our eyes. Shane is both thrilled and terrified of moving up to Shorewood. It’s going to uproot his family, it’s away from his life-long home town. He needed that confidence boost from God and he got it. It was great to see and be a part of. Please be praying for Shane and his family as they consider this radical move with Vicky and I.

As we’re moving forward with The Pursuit, please be praying for us. The hard work is coming: finding a place to meet—establishing an identity for the church, finding a core of people and securing funding. But I know our God is faithful and that all the resources and things we need are already in place or being placed for us.

Lord Jesus, it is a joy to see Your Hand at work. Thank you for this demonstration of Your faithfulness.

Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life,


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Need Help-- Logo Design for Church Plant

A couple of posts ago, I let everyone know that my family and I are planning to go up to Shorewood and west Joliet, IL in order to start a new church for an area that has grown by over 100,000 people since 1990. It is an exciting time when we can dream what it will all look like. Our church will be called:

The Pursuit
A Love Worth Pursuing
A Life Worth Living
A Faith Worth Dying For

We've done a lot of planning and creative design. I have a logo design but I don't have the computer expertise, the right programs or the design contacts to turn the idea into a professional emblem for the new church.

Does anyone have such expertise or have a contact that would be willing to work with me on this project?


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Prayers for OK, but humor before the storms

I woke up this morning to the news from Oklahoma and Texas of the deadly tornadoes. My family and I are certainly praying for those who have lost their homes and the family of those who were killed.

I also wanted to share something I stumbled upon yesterday before the storms as I was preparing for my Intro. To World Religions class for Tuesday night. Since we were covering Judaism and the 10 Commandments I found an article detailing how the OK State Legislature is discussing adding a monument to the state grounds.

The link can be found here:

We had a good discussion in class about the merits, legalities, appropriateness of this type of religious display on state property and briefly on the concept of separation of church and state.

However, even in this serious discussion the true insecurity and jealousy of Oklahoma's fine citizens for the great state of Texas cannot be hidden. I believe it must be something that plagues the Sooners continually, especially in light of the past football season.

For in trying to maintain the constitutionality of the monument state representatives desire to "recreate the Texas monument,". Which is fine, but then another representative goes on to say:

"Is it possible we could make it a lot bigger than Texas'?" said Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City.

Now that is telling!

Prayers and Go Horns!

Hey, couldn't that OU logo be a little bigger than the Longhorn logo?

TX-45 - 35-OU Hey, couldn't that OU score be just a little bigger than Texas'?

58–40–5 Hey couldn't OU have just a few more wins than Texas?

I'm sure I could go on in many ways!

Instead, continued prayers.