Dave Keehn

Passing On Our Faith – One Generation to Another

By Dave Keehn Sep. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

A family had a priceless family heirloom – a vase – that was passed down one generation to the next generation. One day, the parents of the family who had possession of the vase, left the teenagers at home while they went out shopping for the day. When they returned home, their children met the parents at the door, with sad faces, reporting: “Mother, Father… you know that priceless heirloom our family passes down one generation to the next… while our generation just dropped it”

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A Father’s View of Adoption

By Dave Keehn Jun. 5, 2014 9:10 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In November 2009 my family had the incredible honor to adopt Mfundo from South Africa. The journey to that point was filled with unknown challenges to us, as we happened to be the first adoptive family from the United States to legally adopt in South Africa. We were not the first to try to adopt from this country; we were just the family that happened to be furthest into the adoptive pre-work when the two countries came into agreement for international adoptions.

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That You May Stand Firm in the Fear

By Dave Keehn Mar. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Superman is dead… I don’t know when it occurred, I don’t remember the moment that I realized I was mortal. What I do know is this feeling of Fear lurks around every corner like never before.

Perhaps it began with a serious car accident I experienced in late 2012 – an accident I walked away from uninjured but my beloved Ford truck was declared DOA. Or maybe it was the diagnosis of medical condition that I did not fret, but soon began to hear random stories of people with the same condition dying of cancer at too young of an age. Perhaps it is the uncertain future of my young adult children, or… The list could continue for all us.

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When God Changes Our Plans

By Dave Keehn Dec. 2, 2013 11:30 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

There is nothing like changes in one’s travel plan to reveal how we truly handle change. For myself, traveling with my family is a sacred obsession. I plan months ahead to get the best flights and reserve the “perfect” hotel to accommodate our sightseeing interests. As a family, we read travel books and blogs to find the out-of-the-way restaurants. With an itinerary in hand, we embark on our journey, only to be met with forced changes that were unforeseen. To say the least, I don’t deal with a “change in plans” well, especially when I am on vacation. Changes for me equal stress, hassles, and more work.

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Great Expectations

By Dave Keehn Apr. 16, 2013 9:42 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

There is a pressure that is constantly battling around us to give people whatever they want. When you are younger it was labeled peer pressure.  However, as we grow older the peer pressures continues throughout life, we just call them “Expectations”…  

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Looking back on Transitions

By Dave Keehn Mar. 21, 2013 8:39 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Breaking up may be hard to do, but starting over in ministry can be scary.  No one enjoys change and often our worst mistakes happen in the stress of transitions.

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Living for God's Kingdom

By Dave Keehn Jan. 31, 2013 3:41 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

There is poignant scene in the movie “Amazing Grace” that pans onto a country field in which William Wilberforce is lying on the wet grass contemplating the magnificence of God.  He is mesmerized by the dew on a spider web as evidence of God’s handiwork.  In this instant he feels the inner tension between staying in the moment, meditating on God and returning to ongoing struggle in politics.  He cannot discern which is better: to sit in solitude with God or enter the realm of politics where he is seeking to bring God’s justice?  It is only later that some abolitionist ministers suggest that he could do both: seek to be with God and serve God – at the same time.  It is this special combination that I believe is the key to living for God’s Kingdom - not at a glorious future in heaven above, but now in this broken world in need of God’s redeeming justice and hope! 

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