Thoughts on Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Christa and I went to a late morning showing of Noah yesterday at the West Acres Cinema in Fargo. Honestly, it was better than I anticipated, and yet it fell well short of what it should have been. Some of the positive things about the movie, things that I frankly thought filmmaker Darren Aronofsky did READ MORE

URGENT: Help Minot Flood Victims

In response to the needs in Minot, we at Bethel Church are partnering with Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Minot by sending semi-loads of bottled water to assist them in flood relief efforts. They are establishing a distribution point to bless the Minot community with free water. We are confident your donations to their effort READ MORE

Pray for Minot!

Please pray for our neighbors in Minot, North Dakota. The flooding there is catastrophic, and around 10,000 people—nearly a quarter of the city’s population—are fleeing their homes. For updates on the latest in Minot click here. The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength READ MORE

Prayers Welcome for Red River Valley — Again

UPDATE (APRIL 2, 2010): God heard our prayers. The community saw the waters rise to potentially disastrous heights, but God’s hand kept it from rising higher, God’s wisdom empowered our leaders to help us prepare well, and God’s mercy fell upon us all, granting us strength, courage, stamina, and patience. Our community came together prior READ MORE

One Purifying Journey

Below is an email that my beautiful bride sent out to friends here the other day: Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34) What an incredibly “purifying journey”! First, our Dallas house has sold after close to a year on the market. God preserved enough READ MORE

Good-bye Dallas!

But God has proven faithful. He sustained us in surprising ways by means of loving people, unexpected gifts, His marvelous Love Letter called the Bible, and even chaotic events such as successive blizzards and a record-breaking flood. READ MORE