I'm the pastor of East River Church and co-author of It’s Good to Be a Man. My wife and I live with our seven children on a small farm in Batavia, OH.

Batavia, OH
Joined January 2014
This honest and helpful wife. May God bless her!
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My husband and I both recently read your book. This was something that stood out to both of us because I hear him self-deprecating and I talked to him in the past about it. He thought it made him sound humble. I think it makes him appear weak.
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Self-effacing is the mark of a mature, humble, and strong man. Self-deprecating is, especially when constant, the mark of a immature, insecure, and weak man
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“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose, and the character which inspires confidence.” Lord Montgomery
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A good soldier doesn’t fight a battle for medals. He fights it for the cause. So, he doesn’t resent others who are late to join the war effort. He doesn’t need people to know he was there first or even know him at all. It not about acknowledgment for him. It’s about winning.
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The majority of churches have less than 100 individuals in attendance. These numbers are about 10 years old but I highly doubt the distribution has shifted more than a couple percentage points.
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Michael Foster retweeted
Important thread… and an old chart I made to point to the basic point:
1/ It’s clear to me that many fail to grasp just how small the American reformed church is compared to both other denominations and the general population. I believe that it's accurate to say that the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the largest explicitly reformed and...
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1/ It’s clear to me that many fail to grasp just how small the American reformed church is compared to both other denominations and the general population. I believe that it's accurate to say that the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the largest explicitly reformed and...
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2/ ...conservative denomination. Its total membership is approximately 350,000. That’s big in comparison to the OPC (≈ 33,000). It’s even bigger in comparison to the CREC (≈ 13,000). So my denomination, the CREC, is just under 4% the size of the PCA.
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3/ But the liberal PCUSA’s total membership is ≈1,100,000. So the PCA is only 32% the size of the PCUSA. The SBC has around 13,500,000 in membership. So the PCA is about only 3% the size of the SBC. And, of course, the total population of the States is around 332 mil.
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4/ So the SBC only represents about 4% of the total population of our country. Point No. 1 - Most reformed denominations represent a percentage of percentage of a percentage of percentage of the population...
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5/ Last week, I mentioned that I knew of a pastor who ripped off Keller’s sermons. I saw lots of comments like “Why Keller? How about a non-woke person to copy.” I replied “Keller because, outside of a small subsection of reformed folks, he is still highly respected.”
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6/ Which brings me to... Point No. 2 - Most reformed folks don’t seem to realize how strange and foreign their terminology, positions, and culture are to most everyone outside their tiny tiny pond.
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7/ I used to sell mobile phones. I consistently outsold a lot of my co-workers. It wasn’t because I knew more about the product. I could hold my own in product knowledge but many of them knew more about the particulars of the phones than I did. But...
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8/ ...they loved to use all the technical terminology when describing the various phones capabilities: “This phone has a 1.3 GHz dual core 32-bit CPU” or “ The new camera has 8 MP iSight back-side illuminated sensor and shorts 1080p HD video at 30 frame/s." This sort of...
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9/ ...language appealed to phone geeks who were in-the-know. It, however, intimidated normal folks. It caused them to think, “I probably should do more research before making a decision.” They’d leave the store and end up buying somewhere else the next day. I would just say...
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10/ ...things like “it’s twice as fast than the last model” or “the camera is 30% better.” It was accessible language that captured the main idea. It made the decision-making process easier. Which brings to...
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11/ Point No. 3 - Many reformed churches and denominations stay small, not because they are super hardcore, but because they struggle to be relatable to and understood by the people outside their niche of niche subculture.
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Every once in a while you stumble upon quality content on Facebook…
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Michael Foster retweeted
"When men reject the faith and make shipwrecks of their lives, it is often because they follow women who worship other gods." -- @thisisfoster
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Michael Foster retweeted
One of my favorite quotes is this from @thisisfoster "God does not waste death." The loss may be unbearably painful. It may be incredibly tragic. But God WILL find a way to use it for His glory.
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