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Chris Boehnke

Chris Boehnke

Hi! My name is Chris Boehnke (a good German name pronounced “Bane-key”). Tracy, my wife, and I have been married for 21 years and God has blessed us with four beautiful children: Joshua (18), Lauren (16), Nathaniel (13), and Mikayla (9). I treasure my wife and family among the greatest gifts God has given me in life.

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska – the heartland of the Midwest – by two loving parents, Don and Linda. I grew up attending a conservative but vibrant Lutheran congregation, while also experiencing excursions into other evangelical and charismatic church environments. This exposed me to a breadth of Christian practice and teaching that has incited me over the years to ask a ton of questions and to seek deeper understanding regarding what “the church” is and what it’s central message, “the Gospel,” is all about.

While my interests were in art (drawing and painting) and language (excelling in German) at Millard North High School, I ended up completing a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska in Omaha (I consider philosophy “the art of asking good questions”). I attended Concordia Seminary in St Louis to finish a Master of Divinity in May 2000. Since then I have served as a shepherd-teacher for followers of Jesus in Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, and now Michigan. I happily reside with my family in Grand Haven, Michigan, where I serve a community of Jesus followers in Spring Lake called Lakeshore Fellowship. When I’m not reading or studying one of several books at a time, I enjoy spending time with Tracy and the kids, going for walks in nature, relaxing at the beach (with a good book!), cycling, exploring new things and places, watching Star Trek, or painting.

Along the way I’ve encountered many casualties of organized Christianity – those who have been sorely hurt, turned off, offended, or just disenchanted with all its stale rules and rituals. My desire is to compassionately hear and love those who have been broken or turned off by the church and those who have rejected an ugly God they can no longer worship. I want to wrestle alongside those who have nagging questions and doubts about who God is and what our place in this ugly world is. Most especially, I want to paint a better, more beautiful picture for them and for the world – to reimagine – who God is as unfailing, relentless LOVE, gloriously revealed in Jesus the Messiah-King.

I invite you to join the conversation!

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Why do we worship? What's the point of gathering for a worship service on Sunday mornings? Find out the answer this Sunday as we continue our series, Doing Life Together: The 30-Day Church Challenge, with the message, "Wired for Worship: Commit to a Life of Worship in God's Presence", based on Genesis 28:10-21 and Hebrews 12:18-24, 28-29.

    

Each of us has a longing to belong and to be connected in relationship with other people in community. God wired us this way. And this longing is fulfilled in Christ who connects us together in His love. This Sunday we begin our new five-week series, Doing Life Together - The 30-Day Church Challenge, with the message "Cultivating Authentic Community" based on John 13:34-35 and Romans 12:1-18.

    

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Confident of God's Answer

Ever feel like God isn't answering your prayers? Heaven at times can seem awfully silent. Jesus, however, gives us the reassurance that God does hear us and will answer us with what is best. "Confident of God's Answer" is our message this Sunday, based on 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, 18-22 and 1 John 5:14-15.

    

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Knowing and Doing God's will

Each one of us wrestles with what decisions to make and how to live day by day. As followers of Jesus, we need the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. As we continue our series, Praying with Power, the message this Sunday is titled "Knowing and Doing God's Will," based on Colossians 1:9-14.

    

How can we best respond when we hear of trouble in our nation and government? Or in the church and among God's people? The best thing we can do is pray! The spiritual battle we face will be won on our knees in prayer. This Sunday we continue our series, Praying with Power, with the message, "Intercede for the Church and Our Nation" from Ephesians 6:18-20 and 1 Timothy 2:1-6.

    

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Stand Firm in the Battle

Are you ready for battle today? Each day we face a spiritual battle, not against other people, but against spiritual powers of darkness. Jesus is the armor we are to put on as we pray in the Spirit. This Sunday we continue our series, Praying with Power, with the message, "Stand Firm in the Battle", based on Ephesians 6:10-18.


    

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jesus Full

Have you filled up your tank? Not your car, but your heart. Each day the Lord Jesus calls us to be renewed in His presence as we pray. This Sunday we continue our series, Praying with Power, with the message, "Jesus Full" based on Ephesians 3:14-20.

    
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jesus Teaches Us To Pray

Are you satisfied with your prayer life? Most followers of Jesus aren't. But Jesus teaches us not only what to pray, but also how to pray. This Sunday we begin a new summer series titled, Praying with Power. Our first message this Sunday is "Jesus Teaches Us to Pray," based on Luke 11:1-13.

    
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Baptized With The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, come! We need King Jesus to fill us with the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit so we may live as people who are dead to sin and alive with the fire of the Father's love for us. On this Pentecost Sunday, our message is "Baptized with the Holy Spirit" from Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-41.

    

Sunday, May 21, 2017

An Adopted Heir

Consider how much time and energy is spent on accumulating wealth and achieving more in order to attain a higher status - to experience a greater sense of worth and value. Yet, the greatest status of all is given to us as gift! This Sunday we begin a new series, titled Your Divine Heavenly Status. Our message is "An Adopted Heir!" based on Acts 1:1-11 and Ephesians 1:3-6.


    

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  • Hi! My name is Chris Boehnke (a good German name pronounced “Bane-key”). Tracy, my wife, and I have been married for 21 years and God has blessed us with four beautiful children: Joshua (18), Lauren (16), Nathaniel (13), and Mikayla (9). I treasure my wife and family among the greatest gifts God has given me in life. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska – the heartland of the Midwest – by two loving parents, Don and Linda. I grew up attending a conservative but vibrant Lutheran congregation, while also experiencing excursions into other evangelical and charismatic church environments. This exposed me to a breadth of Christian practice and teaching that has incited me over the years to ask a ton of questions and to seek deeper understanding regarding what “the church” is and what it’s central message, “the Gospel,” is all about. While my interests were in art…

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