It sucks when your Church hurts you…

When I was 13 years old, everyone told me I was going to be a Pastor someday. I was pretty sure that wasn't going to happen, I mean, I was going to play 2nd base for the Detroit Tigers. Then came the day when I decided for sure that there was absolutely NO WAY I…

I’m 43 today.

I'm 43 today. A few years ago, my wife (Tracie) started a great family tradition. My brother built us this cool chalk board and Tracie texts family and friends and asks for positive words to describe the birthday person. It's super fun and super honoring. I'm 43 today. A few years ago I wrote THIS blog…

I miss your smile

Every once and awhile we get a glimpse of your smile. I tell you, I wish I could pause time.  Why? Because your smile brightens up the room. It's so good. I wish those moments would never end. I know you want to smile more. I know you don't want to feel this way. I…

Irrational Generosity is LIFE CHANGING!

I love irrational generosity.  That phrase doesn't make sense to a lot of people. It's amazing what happens in someone's life when they put God first with their generosity. In my life, I've experienced miracles. I've experienced blessings that I can't even come to grips with as I've taken steps to live irrationally generous. The…

How to Respect your Pastor by Tracie Raitz

Written by Tracie Raitz I was asked to write an article about how to Respect your Pastor from the Pastor’s Wife perspective. I have been mulling this topic over in my mind and trying to decide what to write and how to write it so it doesn’t come across as complaining or finger pointing. I…

How to Not Give up Life. An honest conversation…

Tonight I did a Facebook Live Webinar called... How to not give up on life. The topic is a little uncharacteristically deeper for me. I'm kind of known for my humor, but lately, this topic has just been on my heart! So, I hope you will listen. I hope you will add to the comments…

How to not give up on life. An honest conversation on facebook…tonight.

Have you ever wanted to give up? Have you ever been so tired that you decided that you would stop trying? Have you ever decided that life wasn't worth it? Have you ever decided to just coast on life? Have you ever let your past stop you from moving forward or trying? ME TOO!! I…

Happy Birthday to the most influential man in my life…my dad.

Happy Birthday Dad! Simply put...he's my hero. He's spent his entire life sacrificing for others. Put his dreams on hold and put his family first. My dad's faith is amazing. His knowledge of scripture is unreal. His wisdom is off the charts. He loves Jesus with his entire heart. My dad's love for his family is…

‘The Crazy Teenage Year’s’ with Rebekah and Jason Raitz.

This was a highlight for me! I am someone who absolutely loves being a dad. And, I have the honor of being the dad to 5 pretty amazing kids. Rebekah Raitz is an almost high school graduate, who in my opinion, has leadership gifts off the chart. We do our best to have an conversation…

To my Bekah Sue on your 18th Birthday!!

Dear Rebekah, Happy 18th Birthday!  I'm not quite sure how today happened. I can literally close my eyes and I’m in the hospital the day you were born. That day was pretty amazing. Your mom was a rock star! Your grandparents, aunts and uncles and a ton of people who loved you from your church.…