Andy Denen

Ideas on life, church, and culture.

Category Leadership

Bingo, Trees with No Leaves, and Trust

Yesterday Ethan was playing a bingo game my mother-in-law got him. There are these 6 boards, each with 9 tiles. Each of the 6 boards has a different theme: Seasons, Colors, Animals, Food, etc… He was pulling tiles from the bag and placed them on the appropriate space. He had assigned a board to each person in the room. Ethan was the food one, Ellie was the animal one, my wife

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When I’m Weak

I spend a lot of my time trying to look like I know what I’m doing. A lot of times people come to ask me questions you can see it in their eyes, they expect me to know the answer. I do not like coming across like I don’t know what I’m doing. But the truth is, I am weak. I am scared. I am uncertain a lot of the

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It Rains Sometimes

When I was kid I was terrified of thunderstorms. I hated the wind and thunder. The lighting and rain never really bothered me, but the wind would howl and I was sure a tornado was right around the corner. And the thunder. Oh my goodness, the THUNDER. It felt like it was a hammer banging against my chest, it was scary. Nowadays, I rather enjoy thunderstorms, I even find them

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MySpace, Metal, and Friendships (Part 3)

If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2, I’d encourage you to do so. This might make more sense with some backstory. Plus it’s just funny to read about people getting sent to the principal’s office in 4th grade, right? Remember MySpace? That was a big deal. If you’re reading this and you DON’T remember it than I’ve officially hit “old man” status and will be looking at time

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…I’ll Show You Your Future (Part 2)

If you haven’t read my post from yesterday, you can do so here. So, I go to my fourth grade class with my box full of goodies in hand, happy and excited to announce my arrival into the “box club.” And it worked! I was in. We hung out at recess with our boxes and talked about all the other people who didn’t have boxes and we bartered and exchanged

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Show Me Your Friends… (Part 1)

Fourth grade was a crazy year for me. I thought if I left my mom at all, something bad was going to happen to her. There was an entire month where I didn’t make it through a full school day without needing her to come pick me up. It got to the point where she had to work in the nurse’s office and the library just so I could have the peace

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