Dinner….table for two….

We’re up to Chapter 8 this week in our study, “Run with the Horses”.  After reading the chapter, focus on study guide section four including scripture reading, Jeremiah 15:10-21.

Our author gives a very interesting analogy about going to an intimate dinner.  Just you and someone, and occasionally, a waiter who services your table.  And in the analogy, Eugene Peterson describes who is “God” and who is “you” in the analogy.  Heads up….it might not be the answer you’re expecting!

Jon Paschal leads us this week and surely he’ll solve that “dinner mystery” and highlight other key points to Chapter 8.

Zoom meeting details are in your calendar invite.  Reach out to me if you need additional information.

See you at 7:30 am on Friday!


Sitting at the Potter’s Wheel

I haven’t spent much time with clay and a potter’s wheel … lately.  But my memory does serve me well enough to recall early on in grammar school playing with clay.  You probably did too.

We shaped and formed…..and shaped and formed….and inevitably, the clay became such a mess that you probably had to start over.  Visions of creating the next Michelangelo sculpture soon became an ash tray or cereal bowl that sat in the family cupboard for who know how long!

This week for our study, we learn of a time when God asked Jeremiah to observe a potter hard at work.  Many observations but one is the clay becomes “spoiled” which is another term for having to start over.  God, like the potter, doesn’t ball us up in a head of bad clay.  No, he sits back down at the wheel and gets back to work.  We are the “clay” and he is the “potter”.

Ready chapters 6-7 this week and focus of Jeremiah 18:1-18 for the scripture message.

Jason Schubert leads us this week with Lesson 3 of the Study Guide.

Same Zoom number as last week.  You should have the calendar invitation.  Reach out to me if you need it however!

Gather at 7:30 am ET.  Lesson starts at 7:45 am ET.


Instagram’s False Narrative

We all have those friends.  You know, the ones who build their personal worth around social media “likes”.  Sure, we’re all guilty of it in one form or another.  “Likes” on Facebook or Instagram posts give us that feeling of importance and value.  Have we become a society that places image over substance?

This week’s assignment digs into others’ perceptions of us.  Read chapter 5 of the current study, “Run with the Horses”.  Our scripture focus is Jeremiah 7:1-15.

Homework questions can be found in the Lesson Two study guide found on this site’s Resources page.

Luke Nelson leads us this week….live from his beach vacation!  (Thank you, Luke!)  Gather starting at 7:30 am ET on Friday.  Lesson starts at 7:45 am.  Zoom meetings continue for our group.

Meeting ID is: 884 2307 8742 (password shared via calendar invite)



Saddle Up!

Has anyone watched the series, “Yellowstone”, starring Kevin Kostner?  My wife and I are hooked on it!!  Just finished up season one….started season two….and hoping to eventually catch up to the current season three.

Kostner plays the role of John Dutton, a wealthy cattle ranch owner in Montana.  Oddly enough (for this post), Dutton is not a believer in God, although at times when he’s in despair, he calls out to our heavenly father for help.  One of his famous quotes is “I’ve seen too much bad in my life to believe God exists….”.  Dutton’s life is filled with tragedy; the loss of his wife to a horse-riding accident, and his eldest son who was shot over a dispute of indian tribal territories.  Dutton cries out: “God…..damn you for leaving me!”

This week begins another “horse story” for our group, “Run with the Horses” by Eugene Peterson.  Homework this week is a tall drink of water…..read the first four chapters.  Yikes!  If you’ve been consumed by work, family…and oh yeah, this pandemic … and you haven’t done the homework, no worries.  Join the Zoom call anyway.  At a minimum, please read our scripture for this week, Jeremiah 1:4-19.

You can always find the homework for this 6-week series on the Resources Tab of the website.

Join the Zoom call at 7:30 am ET this Friday to “catch up” with the group.  I’ll kick off this week’s lesson at 7:45 am ET.  Details for the Zoom call are sent out in a calendar invite to everyone already.


Celebrating Independence!

Holiday week…..celebrating our nation’s independence….so no meeting this Friday.  We’ll gather NEXT Friday, July 10th over Zoom beginning at 7:30 am ET.

The 6-week Study Guide is now posted on the Resources page of this website.  Be sure to read the homework for “Lesson 1” which includes reading the first four chapters of “Run with the Horses”.


Have a great rest of the week!  I’ll see you next Friday!


Run with the Horses…..!

Hopefully, most of you got the message that we’ve selected “Run with the Horses” by Eugene Peterson as our next study series.  This week, we’ll gather via Zoom to introduce the new book.  Next Friday is July 3rd, and we will not be meeting since it’s a holiday weekend.  And “week 1” of the new series will officially start on Friday, July 10th, again over Zoom.

“Run with the Horses” came with many recommendations.  Personally, I love how it aligns nicely with the book of Jeremiah.  More specifically, as it relates to the book title, the author shares:

“If you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses?”

Jeremiah 12:5

Join me this Friday over Zoom where I’ll introduce the book and the author.  You won’t need the book this week…but you will when we gather on July 10th.  Order the book through Amazon and be sure to purchase the “commemorative edition” since it has the 6-week study curriculum included.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 2307 8742

See you this Friday at 7:30 am….I’ll start our discussion at 7:45 am.


A Time for Rest…..and Reflection….

Can you believe we’re nearly to July??  The summer is flying by….!

We’re taking a break from our men’s gathering this week….I encourage you to rest and reflect on our most recent study, “Sticky Faith”, and take some time to consider our next one!  We’ll gather again on Friday, June 26th, to check-in and discuss ideas for the next men’s study.  Come with your ideas and best “sales pitch”…!  Ha!

The following Friday will be July 3rd and we won’t meet then as it’s the front edge of the Independence Day holiday weekend.  New study will begin on Friday, July 10th.

Lots of opportunities for prayers in our lives today…..between the global pandemic and community unrest with racial tensions…..I encourage you to talk with God daily, pray for our world, and for our communities.

Enjoy the week off!  I’ll see you over Zoom on the 26th!


Let’s Talk About It

Lot’s going on in our country and sometimes our men’s group gets so deep into our current study that we lose sight on talking about some of the current issues impacting our communities and our world.

So, this week, we’re taking a “pause” and doing a simple fireside chat (minus the fire).  I’ll kick things off, but there’s no real agenda.  I’ll put the ball in play, and let’s see where the discussion leads us.

I’m not assuming, however, that we will one-hundred percent agree.  But my hope is that we’ll find common ground, with God’s grace, and see what our individual “calls to action” are going forward.

Zoom meeting information shared below.  Sending out passcode in separate calendar invite.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 2307 8742


Game Show Friday!!??

Buckle in gents….this week we’ll wrap up our current study of  “Sticky Faith” in grand fashion!  I’ve prepared an online quiz game (called Kahoot!) to make our wrap up both informative and fun.

Nothing needed to prepare ahead of time.  I’ll share a URL in the morning for the game.  Please try to have your laptop handy to play along.

Zoom meeting information is below.  Password will be shared via calendar invite.  (Reach out to me if you need that password otherwise.)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 2307 8742

Gather at 7:30 am….Game time will be shortly after 7:45 am!



Building That (Sticky) Bridge

-1 week

-2 weeks

-40 percent

-57 percent

Did you catch those statistics as you were reading Chapter 7, “A Sticky Bridge Out of Home“, this week?

Here’s the high-level explanation:

“…the first two weeks are where key decisions (they) make key decisions about drinking and other high-risk behaviors, right along with choosing whether to go to church or to a campus ministry.” (p. 151)

“Don’t skip church that first week, because it just makes it easier to skip it the second week and then the eight week…..” (p. 151)

“…during the fall of freshman year, only 40 percent of youth group alum were attending an on-campus fellowship once a week or more, and 57 percent were attending church once a week or more.” (p. 152)

Great chapter, once again.  Lots of related topics…..trusting God, granting new freedoms to our kids when they “leave the nest”, and even touching on helicopter or velcro parents!  (Velcro was a new one for me!)

Jason Schubert will lead us this week.  Meeting over Zoom.  (3-4 can gather in the treehouse…..text Mike if you’re interested in that option!)

Zoom meeting information below:


Meeting ID: 884 2307 8742

Please note:  You’ll be asked for a password to join the meeting.  Mike is sending that out separately via calendar invite to our group list.

Gather on Friday starting at 7:30 am.  Jason will start this week’s lesson at 7:45 am.