June 19, 2017
Last week, we got a babysitter so Camille could go have a girls day, and I could hang with my brother-in-law by the pool. While it was quite nice, for the first hour or so, I felt really weird. Like strangely anxious and super aware of all this stuff that could/should be done. Why was…
Great Unmet Expectations - Expectations vs reality November 14, 2016
During the devotion at my first baby shower, I was told that parenting would bring out my own selfishness. It made sense to me, but I had no idea the extent to which that is true. Lately, for me this selfishness is playing out in how I am handling my unmet expectations as a mom…
A City on a Hill - blog post image November 14, 2016
In September my niece was married to a wonderful man in North Carolina. The wedding took place in a resort community called Beach Mountain. This community is on top of Beach Mountain at nearly 5,000 ft. above sea level. Driving around the area I noticed that from almost anywhere in the valley and neighboring ridges…
Suffering and Infertility - Blog Post by Big Rapids Baptist Church - Big Rapids MI November 14, 2016
I tend to wait to share my experiences until I’ve had time to “wrap my head around it.” I stand back, stay silent, and wait for my life to make a little bit more sense before I present it to the world. I wait until I can say, “Yes, that was a really difficult season,…
What is Human blog post supporting image - Desiring the Kingdom Worship Worldview and Cultural Formation James K A Smith November 3, 2016
Being a human is a big deal. In the flurry of work, kids, TV, buying new stuff, we can sometimes lose sight of who we are and what it means to be human. Pursuing the fullness of human life is what God calls us to do as Christians. Becoming like Christ, the truest human, God…
One good thing about this election blog post - The Death of the Moral Majority October 18, 2016
“If we ever were a moral majority, it’s hard to make the case that we are anymore. Let’s not seek to resuscitate the old civil religions. Let’s work instead for something new, and for something old: the kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven, gathered in churches of transformed people, reconciled to…
Abuse and the Freedom of God - Blog Post by Camille at First Baptist Church in Big Rapids MI October 13, 2016
I had been in a two year relationship with the man I was planning to marry. It wasn’t until I got out that I realized how bad it was. In many ways, he fulfilled the list of what I had been looking for in a husband: tall, dark, handsome, exotic (he was living in America…
why I love the blue store - BR First Baptist Church blog image October 10, 2016
Because I’m not getting paid to advertise for anyone, I’ll say it like this: Camille and I love the Blue Store. I know a lot of you are Green Store enthusiasts but we are head over heals, hook, line, and sinker loyal to the Blue Store. Our house here in Big Rapids came with some…
how you feel when you sin - blog post image October 6, 2016
There is a huge market for “Guilt Free” stuff. Ice cream, coke, vacations, gadgets. Marketing these days is doing everything it can to do away with guilt and convince you that “you deserve it!”. Why? Why is guilt so a big part of lives? When it come to sin, there are 3 major ways we…
bible study in big rapids michigan mecosta county October 6, 2016
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably been told that reading your Bible regularly is a huge part of the Christian life. And if you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably felt some of the guilt/confusion/frustration/difficulty that comes with the struggle to actually do it. One…