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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, March 18, 2018

"What Kind of King is Jesus?"

With the escalating tensions and violence around the world, governments respond with a buildup of military power and nuclear weapons to counter force with force.

In the midst of the world's chaos we may protest why God doesn't intervene with His almighty power and put it all to an end. But Jesus reveals that God does not work like this.

This Sunday we continue our series, God on Trial, with the message, "What Kind of King is Jesus?" based on John 19:1-16.

  

Sermon, March 18, 2018 from Lakeshore Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Are You Open or Closed?

If you're a follower of Jesus, then God dwells in you, is present with you, and is at work through you because of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus invites you to encounter the empowering presence of the Spirit so you may be transformed into the image of Jesus.
Do you live with an openness to the Spirit so He may have His way with you? Or are you closed to Him by how you think and live?
This Sunday we begin a new series titled, Open to the Spirit, with our first message, "Are You Open or Closed?" based on Acts 10:17-48.

   

Christ has risen from the dead! Alleluia! We celebrate the victory and new life of Christ this Easter Sunday.
It also just so happens to be April Fool's Day. This strange overlap of days actually highlights a significant biblical truth. Jesus reigns as the triumphant King of life, but the powers of darkness have been and will continue to be made the fool.
"The Day God Played Satan for a Fool" is our Easter message based on John 1:1-5; 12:23-32; 20:23-32.

  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Drink in God's Life-Giving Presence

We all get thirsty. Not just physically thirsty for water, but spiritually thirsty to fill our soul. Nothing will quench that thirst except the spiritual water of God's presence that He freely gives us in union with Jesus. Then we can live and worship in the overflow of His love.

This Sunday we continue our series, A Transformed Life, with the message, "Drink in God's Life-Giving Presence" based on John 4:1-26.


  

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Come & See

 HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL!

"What are you looking for?" Jesus asks us.
In this New Year of 2018, Jesus calls us to follow Him and seek His presence so we may live A Transformed Life.
That's the title of our new message series this Sunday as we start with our first message, "Come and See!" based on John 1:35-51.

  
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Intoxicating Joy

Joyfully Connecting People to the Love of Jesus! That's how we describe our mission at Lakeshore.
But what does it mean to witness to the love of Jesus as we are full of joy? And how is joy a defining characteristic of us as followers of Jesus?
This Sunday, we continue our Epiphany series A Transformed Life with the message, "Intoxicating Joy", based on John 2:1-12.

  
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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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