Did you see that?

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

This morning as I was getting ready for work, my wife Carrie came in and asked me about my thoughts on the current global refugee crisis. Now, let me preface with the fact that neither Carrie nor I are particularly political. We stay up to date on current events because we believe it’s our civic […]

The First Has to Be Last

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

I want to pause for just a moment before I share my thoughts to say how thankful I am for one of The Well’s unique qualities.  As I collect my thoughts this morning, I am sitting in an interview with the Chief Data Scientist for the Obama White House at the Civic Center in New […]

A New View of You

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Famous Hymn writer, John Newton, contemplating the condition of his life, once said to his close friend and writing partner William Cowper, “I am not what I ought to be.  I am not what I want to be.  I am not what I hope to be.  But thank God I am not what I used […]

The Apple of His Eye

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Our Heavenly Father was talking about His people when he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.”  (Zech. 2:8 NLT) In the original Hebrew, it literally says, “touched the pupil or gate of my eye,” and early translations said “The apple of my eye.”  It carried two important meanings; 1) It was something that God closely associated […]

Standing in a Place of Need

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Hey Everyone, By now many of you know that Taylor, my oldest daughter, is sick.  She has autoimmune hepatitis which causes her immune system to attack her liver, resulting in severe damage to the liver.  It is serious and Taylor’s case is significant.  It’s hard to say those things, as I am sure you can imagine, but […]


Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Tony Dahlin

Whenever I would hear the word missions, I always thought of missionaries- people that went to far off places in an effort to share the Good News of Jesus with indigenous people. I always thought it to be a noble and courageous thing. I never really thought of myself playing any type of role with […]

Family First

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

“Family comes first” has become one of my family’s slogans.  It communicates how we feel the need to lean into one another when things are tough from pressure inside or outside of our family.  This clearly prioritizes our family during times when it is easy to allow hurt feelings to drive us away from each other. Another […]

Christianity and Human Sexuality

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

This week I did my annual “sex talk”.  Each year it’s different, but it is always awkward.  Don’t believe me?  You try having a conversation with 500 people from all walks of life on a range of subjects including but not limited to sexual purity,  pornography, divorce, and sexual diversity all with a world view from […]

Summer Is a Time for Family

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Hey all, Summer is here!  For those of you who live in the south or on the west coast this reality may not impact you as much as it does for the rest of us, but for the first time we are dawning flip flops, shorts, and our favorite golf tees.  Our bodies and our […]

Family Devotions

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by John Gilmore

“…and as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15 I remember as a child growing up in a Christian family with Christian friends, seeing this verse cross stitched, framed and hung around every house that I visited. Going to a Christian College I would hear these words referenced in classes […]