Andy Denen

Ideas on life, church, and culture.

Category Life

Please, just stop.

I spent a lot of time on my phone. I like to feel connected and my phone helps with that. It has its downfalls for sure. I try to be aware of my habits and how they effect those around me. I fit into the millennial generation. Those born between 1982 and 2004. I was born in 1984, so I’m on the older side of the millennials. We are the

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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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You Are Not Alone // Part 2

You are not alone. Read that sentence again. I’ll even write it again so you don’t have to go back. You. are. not. alone. I know what you might be saying, “How do you know I’m not alone?” Whenever I was a younger person and someone would write in a book or article or preach from the stage at church, “You are not alone.” I always thought, “Cool… I’d like

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Sunday Stuff

John 5:1-9 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like

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You Are Not Alone

Matthew 11:14 says, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 6 simple words. But if we can tuck the principle into our hearts it can radically change the way we see situations, deal with stress, resolve conflict, and simply live our lives. The other day I took my son Ethan to get his haircut. If you’ve read any of my other posts you know he’s almost 4 and he’s just the

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What I Learned from My 1-1/2 Year Old

Friday was the first day of our vacation in South Carolina. We left home Friday morning and drove about 8 hours before stopping at hotel to settle the kids in and gear up for the final 4 hours on Saturday. Traveling with toddlers really isn’t bad, but it does require some extra time and “stuff.” We packed snacks, games, videos, and made sure we took our time on all stops

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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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Playlists

I bought a new car recently. And by “new car” I mean a 2012 Chevy Cruz. It’s new to me though, so that counts right? It’s smaller than the SUV I traded. I got something smaller because I do a lot of driving and it gets really good gas mileage, plus I wanted to upgrade my wife to something bigger because she is the one who is generally transporting the

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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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