stuff that sam writes

Showing God’s Love – a unified vision and plan for Goshen CRC

Showing God's Love - a unified vision and plan for Goshen CRC Last summer we began some important conversations that will sharpen and improve how Goshen does ministry. It was around the time we installed new deacons and elders. Guys were just starting up their new terms all asking the same questions – “what are [...]

How to Lead People? – one at a time

Our Elder team at Goshen is talking a lot about how to better care for our congregation. - And we've tried hard to begin implementing a "shepherding" plan - largely modeled off of the ideas of one of my mentors at WTS, Tim Witmer. We're starting something really simple. Each elder is calling a church family [...]

What’s next for Goshen CRC? 2016

(this is kinda an “in-house” post for folks that are a part of our church community, but I don’t have another good place to publish it at the moment --> As we start our new year, I wanted to publish some of my report from our December Congregational Meeting for those of you who weren’t [...]

Christmas Hope is Obeying God with Questions Unanswered (Sermon Video)

I'm a pastor, so studying God's word and presenting to people is something that's a big part of what I do - and I love it! This week GoshenCRC posted a balcony cam of the message. Christmas Hope is Obeying God with Questions Unanswered - it's kinda fascinating to think about how normal people respond to [...]

Who Leads the Church?

(this is kinda an "in-house" post for folks that are a part of our church community, but I don't have another good place to publish it at the moment) Hebrews 13:17 (ESV) Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an [...]

Where are we going?: Raising Godly Kids

(this is kinda an “in-house” post for folks that are a part of our church community, but I don’t have another good place to publish it at the moment) - see What's Next for GCRC for the first post in this series.  One of my tasks as a pastor is to help our church discover [...]

My words tattled on my heart, and it made me think

I love to have conversations about things that give or threaten comfort. The weather here has been a story line in itself, and I’ll bet that most of you have started or engaged in hundreds of conversations about it in the last month. I'll talk to perfect strangers, without hesitation, about all of the snow, record cold, driving hazards, [...]

The Bible says that the strangest thing makes you happy

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting,   for this is the end of all mankind,  and the living will lay it to heart.  Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. Ecclesiastes 7:2–3 (ESV) We naturally resort [...]

Words for a Broken World (Sermon Series)

This sermon series started as a question ? I started thinking about how our world seems so fundamentally broken. I kept getting distracted by the technology that makes it really easy to see when hundreds of young girls get kidnapped in Nigeria by an evil dictator, or when suicide bombings strike Istanbul or when there's a massacres over cartoons [...]