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Preparing for Death

It feels like death and suffering has surrounded me.  Last spring, I watched my friends lose their 4-month-old. This spring it has intensified. A former student at UMD died on January 22, 2017 after a 15 month battle with colon cancer. My wife’s great aunt passed away on January 23, 2017. My last living grandparent passed […]

New Job!

On July 1, 2017 I will become the Assistant Director for Leadership Training. This is a new national position and I will be responsible for equipping Area Directors around the country. This past fall, I had the chance to tell my colleagues why I thought the Area Director position was the most important role in […]

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How do we know?

Let me ask you how did you get here? Think about it for a moment. … … … Let me tell you how I got here

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Preparing for death

Monday afternoon we arrived at my parents house for a visit with my parents and grandmother after Christmas.  We were planning to travel home Wednesday afternoon to prepare to host a new year’s party at our house.  Tuesday, Grandma stopped eating and drinking and when she went to bed that evening my dad and I […]

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We’re Moving!

“You’re getting three offers on your house!” our realtor said over the phone.  We couldn’t believe it! Four weeks ago we decided we would list our house and if it sold we would move to Duluth.  We listed the house Thursday.  On Monday we had three showings and all three made an offer.  Tuesday we […]

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I graduated! What’s next?

I did it! I graduated from New Area Director Training.  It took me two years, but I have completed the training with friends from around the nation.  The training is designed to help me transition from campus work to my new role as a supervisor. So what did I learn?  Much of what we learned […]

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Who provides it?

I recently thanked a donor for his increasing financial support.  His response told me he counted it a privilege to support us.  He went on to say that as long as he and his wife had a job that they would support us.  By they way he responded, I asked if he was expecting that to happen […]

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How can I know?

What should I major in?  Who should I marry?  What  job should I take?  Where should I live?  What should I do?  The list of questions we ask God are endless.  Inquiring minds want to know.  At every stage in life we ask a new set of questions.  I am asking, should I go to […]

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Knowing God’s Will

“Brian, God wants us to get married.”  I can still hear the words echoing in my mind.  I was shocked.  Sure we were friends, but we weren’t even dating!  I don’t even remember how I responded but I do remember struggling with those words for quite a while.  I remember asking, is it true? Has […]

Christmas 2007

Sandi and I traveled to Brainerd for our last Christmas without children. Friday through Monday we had a great time with the whole family home. Playing games and exchanging gifts. Sandi and I received a surprise gift from my brother and sister and their spouses when we arrived on Friday night. A new video camera […]