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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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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Curbing Overindulgence

When we watch what we eat and strive to eat healthier with smaller portion sizes, we usually do it for physical health reasons. We may want to prevent diseases like heart disease.
But, have you ever thought of being more careful about what you consume for your spiritual health?
This Sunday we begin a new series titled, Preventing Spiritual Heart Disease, with the message, "Curbing Overindulgence," based on Matthew 6:25-34 and Philippians 3:17-18.

   

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Standing Firm on God's Promises

Can we trust God to keep His promises to us? Yes, we can!
That's what the kids in our Vacation Bible School (VBS) learned this week. On Sunday they will sing a couple songs for us in worship about God's promises.
The message will also focus on this theme and encourage us to "Stand Firm on the Promises of God" based on 2 Corinthians 1:8-22.

   

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Holy Spirit! Got Questions?

We concluded our message series "Open to the Spirit" and this Sunday we will have a "Got Questions" message.
Pastor Chris will take any questions you have about the Holy Spirit to discuss what the Bible has to say in response.

  

 

Sunday, June 03, 2018

"Live by the Indwelling Spirit"

When you make decisions, what is influencing you? Our lives will be governed either by the self-centered desires and experiences of the "flesh" or by the God-honoring desires inspired in us by the Holy Spirit.
As we renew our identity in union with Christ, we are strengthened to follow the leading of the Spirit as children of God.
This Sunday we continue our series, Open to the Spirit, with the message "Live by the Indwelling Spirit" based on Romans 8:1-17.

   
Sunday, June 10, 2018

"Bear The Fruit of Love"

Relationships can be hard work and challenging at times - especially when there is conflict. Whether we're in a marriage, a friendship, or a relationship with other Christians, how can we grow in loving others in a Jesus-like way?
This is when we need to be "Open to the Spirit." On Sunday we continue our series with the message, "Bear the Fruit of Love" based on Galatians 5:1 - 6:10.

  

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
 
Sunday's message:
 
There's no lone ranger Christianity. Jesus calls each one of us to follow Him together in community as parts of His body.
Each part of Christ's body has a valuable role to serve as the Holy Spirit empowers us with various gifts and ministries.
Our series, Open to the Spirit, continues this Sunday with the message, "Spirit-Gifted Parts of Christ's One Body" based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-31.



  

The risen Lord invites us to gather together on Sundays for worship and whenever we meet as His people.
He gathers us together not just to learn more about Him, or to merely engage in religious acts like prayer, singing, or serving. Jesus calls us to gather in His presence, to commune with Him, and to be spiritually fed with His love.
This Sunday we continue our series, A Jesus Community of New Life, with the message, "Nourished by the Presence of the Lord" based on John 1:1-25.

    

What does the Good News of Jesus mean for us? Many would say: "You can be sure that, if you were to die tonight, you would go to heaven."
That's true, but the Gospel is so much bigger and better than just that. The Good News is that God transforms weak, sinful people into the image of Jesus so we may reflect His heavenly glory by the power of the Spirit.
This Sunday we conclude our series, Open to the Spirit, with the message, "Transformed into the Image of Jesus" based on 2 Corinthians 3:1-18.

   

Sunday, April 29, 2018

5 W's of Prayer

God created the heavens and the earth and everything seen and unseen. God the creator invites us, as his creation, to connect with him in prayer and participate in His creative action.
Solomon discovered God in prayer, Jesus coached his disciples in prayer and the church has a strong history of prayer.
We will be exploring the five "W"s of prayer (What, When, Where, Why, and How) through 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 6:9-14, Luke 11:5-13, Philippians 4:6,7 and James 4:2,3. 

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Meet Pastor Chris

  • 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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