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Haas-a-dazzle Parade

Well last Friday we did another family Christmas tradition. Every year, since we moved up to Minnesota, we take a trip down to Nicollet Ave. in downtown Minneapolis to see the Macy’s exhibit and the Hollidazzle Parade. Of course, ever since the girls were little, for some reason, they always thought that it was the…
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Clark Griswald: Eat your heart out!

Does anyone else go overboard with Christmas decorations? The people who run the Christmas sections at Menards and Target both know me by name all ready! I don’t know why but ever since I was a kid I’ve been obsessed with decorations. There’s nothing like watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas while decorating the tree.…
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Flat-screen TV’s and Toilets?

Did you know… My wife and I smooched for the first time over 17 years ago!  (We were actually only 16 years old! : )    Man, it’s amazing how fast time flies!   But my wife and I have been so busy with the church lately that we’ve almost forgotten to continue our seventeen year…
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BMX-ing into the Sunset

Well, for those of you who missed it, I did a 10-minute freestyle BMX video for my message last Sunday.  And, talk about a crazy response from people!  I had no idea our church had so many people of extreme sports!  Hopefully, we’ll have it online this week.   Honestly, I’ve been overwhelmed by people saying: …
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Something to Shout About

People, I just got to do the coolest thing yesterday. Wow. I’m still buzzing over it. For those of you who don’t know, I do a lot of mid-week speaking engagements at various colleges. There is something that is absolutely fun about speaking to college students! In fact, it was these college events that first…
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Bringing Home the Bacon AND Frying it!

Substance church, we had another wild retreat this weekend.  And no: it wasn’t for the guys this time.  To use disco-speak: “It was ladies night.  And the feeling’s right.”  And to boot: we had a  record number of ladies at it!  So hats off to my wife and all the leaders who made our Women’s…
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I Approve this Message

Are you getting tired of all of these political ads? I think the ones that get to me the worst are the commercials that highlight all of their political opponents attack ads.  In other words, it’s an attack ad that is attacking the morality of their opponent’s attack ads?  Hmmm?  Something seems strange about that…
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Our First Star Tribune Article!

Well, I guess we are an officially “known” church in the Twin Cities.  After all, we just got our first Star Tribune article written!  We got two pretty large pics… one of which was a 8 x 10 spread across the front of the variety section.  Of course, I was uncertain how it would turn…
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Three Services? Hold those Horses!

Happy Fourth Anniversary Substance! Can you believe that it’s already been four years!?! God has really been doing amazing things. In case you weren’t there this last Sunday, we bought everyone a $5 dollar Caribou Coffee Shop Card as a celebration gift! We love you guys! Thanks for making Substance such a stinking cool place…
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Holy Attendance, Batman!

Wow.  After last Sunday, I’m still scratching my head!  Where did all of those people come from?   Did you know that the last two Sundays, our attendance has jumped by almost 350 new people!?   (& it’s more like 600 if we compare it with our mid-summer attendance slumps).  Do you guys realize how crazy that…
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