Month: September 2014

Three Books YOU Should Read!


I recently wrote a blog post explaining the statement “Leaders are readers.” If you haven’t read that yet, click HERE and check it out!

I want to recommend three AWESOME books I have read recently.

  1. Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung

This book is great probably because it is about the greatest book ever written (well, technically collection of books; namely, the Bible!) DeYoung goes into detail explaining what it means for the Bible to be knowable, necessary, and enough. One of the best things about this book is how short it is. It is a very easy read and theological primer for those who either have questions about or would like to learn more about the Bible. So… READ IT!


  1. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Yup, another book by DeYoung. He is a great writer and is able to make difficult and complex topics easy to understand for the average person. The subtitle for this book explains why it is so awesome, this is what it says – “How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc.” If you want to understand the will of God, read this book!


  1. Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

What the world needs is positive role models, especially those who are men. The vast majority of modern movies, sitcoms, and songs make men appear like incompetent, ignorant, and foolish cave dwellers. Unfortunately, many young guys are following in those exact footsteps and the only goals they aspire to is having sex with as many women as they can and beating their last high score on a video game.

Eric Metaxas lays out mini biographies on seven different men in order to inspire us to lead lives that make a difference. The seven men that Metaxas cover are George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles W. Colson.

Leaders ARE readers. What are some books you have read recently that you would recommend? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Garretson Update!!


I love my church.

It has been an AWESOME privilege to participate in what Jesus is doing in the community of Garretson. If you would like a recap on everything that God has used the Rescue Church to do, click HERE.

As students have been heading back to school, we have been remodeling our building here in Garretson. The work is coming along quickly, thanks to a great team of people dedicating countless hours of their time to help.

October 5th is our launch date.

Yes, it is coming quick… like REALLY quick!

I am both excited and nervous as we get ready to hold our first service. As October 5th approaches, we are still in need of some very important pieces. Below are some of the crucial items we need with attached price tags.

  1. Main, motorized projection screen ($500)
  2. Rear projection screen ($100)
  3. Carpet for the Lobby ($2,500)
  4. 70 High-Quality Chairs ($2,800)
  5. Pro-presenter License ($400)

Total Need: $6,300

In order to launch on October 5th, we need YOUR help. Below are ways to give.

Online Giving*
1. Click HERE to give from our website.
2. Type your amount into the “Special Designation” area.
3. For the description of your donation, type “Garretson Needs”.
4. Click “Continue” and fill out your information.

Giving via Mail*
You can make a check out to “The Rescue Church” and write in the Memo field “Garretson Needs”. Your check can be mailed to our church office – 300 E. 2nd Avenue, Flandreau, SD 57028

*The Rescue Church is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which means your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a record for your giving for tax purposes.

Check out the pictures below to see the work that has been done so far!

This is the Coffee bar in the Lobby.


These are the double doors that separate the lobby from the sanctuary.


This is a view of both the coffee bar and the Nursery we built.


This is the Audio Booth in the Sanctuary.


Another view of the Audio Booth.


This is the stage in the sanctuary.

REFUSE to be Ignored

Abandoned Desert Church

Refused to be ignored!

I first heard this statement last week when I was at a roundtable event in Chicago with a group of roughly 18 pastors and church leaders. The biggest insult to a church is not to have people slander the members and leaders but instead to simply ignore them.

Satan wants quiet little churches that mind their own business and make absolutely no impact in the lives of those around them.

That’s not the church in Acts.

That’s not the church Jesus promised to build.

That’s not the church that will change the world.

If your church was to shut down today, would the community notice? Or would everyone continue their days and weeks without even realizing there was a church there in the first place? Is the church you belong to a FORCE that makes a difference or a FORTRESS for dead religion?

What is YOUR church doing in order to NOT be ignored and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you? Let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you!