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9March 2013

by: Brian Vander Weide

"Not As I Will"

(Blog Manger’s note: this post continues a Lenten series offered by CFC pastors through late February and all of March. May it feed your soul and deepen your affections for Christ.) Gethsemane.  Just the name of this garden on the slopes of the Mount of Olives evokes profound emotions for Christians.  It was here, on the night of the last supper, Jesus went with his disciples...

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28January 2013

by: Brian Vander Weide

Worse than an Unbeliever

Strong Words There are some strong statements in the New Testament aimed specifically at Christians.  I've been mulling over one recently from 1 Timothy 5:8 –“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Worse than an unbeliever?  That's...

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29October 2012

by: Brian Vander Weide

The Last Conversation

(Blog Manager’s note: Brian wrote this blog on September 20th.  His uncle Bernie went home to be with the Lord on October 5th.) This Side of Heaven I spoke to my Uncle Bernie today perhaps for the last time this side of Heaven.  My phone call was prompted by an email from my mom. Hi Son, Sad news that we received this early evening.  Uncle Bernie called to let us know...

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13July 2012

by: Brian Vander Weide

Uganga

by Brian Vander Weide Imagine an experience that was all these at once: challenging, humbling, inspiring, difficult, breath-taking, glorious, exhausting, invigorating, disgusting, joyful and delicious.  These, and so many more, describe our recent E-team trip to Uganda.  In a word, it was amazing.  Sixteen singles from our Thrive community teamed up with four married guys to...

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13April 2012

by: Brian Vander Weide

Finishing Well

When it comes to home improvements or vehicle repairs, I don’t mind rolling up my sleeves, pulling out the tools, and diving right in. For me, there’s a lot of satisfaction in diagnosing why the washing machine isn’t draining water (usually a bad timer) or the coolant is mysteriously escaping from the minivan (cracked hose or leaky water pump). I’ve found it’s...

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