About Shane

Shane is an Iowa native, a follower of Jesus, a husband to Cheryl for 19 years, and a father of three teenagers.  Shane and his family live in the Des Moines, IA area having moved back almost 10 years ago after living out of state for awhile in Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Shane is […]

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Our Assurance, Our Glory, and the Sole Anchor of Our Salvation

By on June 24, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

Ray Ortland had this passage from the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.  I thought I’d share it with you. “Our assurance, our glory, and the sole anchor of our salvation are that Christ the Son of God is ours, and we in turn are in him sons of God and heirs of […]

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The Shield of St. Patrick

By on March 17, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

In commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to share an Irish prayer that is often attributed to the 5th century missionary and bishop to Ireland.  It reminds me of Ephesians 6 – verbally putting on the full armor of God. I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of […]

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Daylight Savings Time

By on March 9, 2014 in Life with No Comments

I saw this on the interwebs and it made me smile since I enjoy Princess Bride. I’m failing to see the point of having Daylight Savings Time or switching back.  I mean it’s the first weekend in March and we just “fell” back in November.  Since the “special” time consists of 2/3 of the year […]

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Experiencing Freedom

By on February 4, 2014 in Faith with 1 Comment

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 22b-24, ESV). Yesterday I discussed how we missed the mark, the bad news.  Today, we have the good news focusing […]

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Missing the Mark

By on February 3, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:22b-23, ESV). When the Bible says that we “fall short of the glory of God.” It means that we literally miss the mark. The tense of this word suggests that this is an ongoing state of affairs. […]

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For Jesus Died For Me

By on February 2, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

I preached on justification this morning at church, and in my sermon I read a poem written by Martin Luther.  This poem reads like his testimony as he expresses his joy upon the realization that we are justified by faith, not works.   I do not come because my soul is free from sin and […]

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God Is Not “Fair”

By on January 31, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

I read an excerpt from B.B. Warfield’s book Election at Monergism.  Election is something that is hard to understand, and even harder to reconcile with our cultural idea of “fairness.” Warfield wrote something that puts the notion of God’s election into proper perspective.  He says if you ask why God doesn’t extend His grace to […]

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God is a Mighty Fortress

By on January 26, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

We san “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Martin Luther in church this morning.  I need to hear and proclaim that truth especially in light of the past 36 hours. God is good.  He is mighty.  He is a bulwark never failing. Here are the lyrics: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark […]

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Just One Step to Eternity

By on January 11, 2014 in Faith with No Comments

Ray Ortlund, the Lead Pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN, shared a passage from J.C. Ryle’s book Holiness on his blog today. “Today,” says our Lord to the penitent thief, “today you will be with me in paradise.” He names no distant period. He does not talk of his entering into a state of happiness […]

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