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[singlepic id=2 w=235 h=301 float=left]For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  – Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” is one of my favorite paintings. It’s a true masterpiece, but it can’t compare to God’s brushstrokes.

Ephesians says that we are God’s masterpiece. That amazes me – that God, like an artist, is painting a story of redemption in our lives. We’re not the artist, we’re the canvas – our lives are not our own. And it’s not just any story or painting. There’s nothing ordinary about it – we are His masterpiece. If you have faith, you didn’t dream that up. God painted it there and the painting doesn’t get the glory, the artist does.

I’m in my fifties. I would never have been able to imagine the image of redemption that God has painted in my life. I’m a believer, husband, father, and friend with a passion for worship. I’m deeply committed to marriage and family. I have a beautiful wife who loves me dearly, and three children ages 22, 21 and 6.

In the professional world, I’m a data architect, author the SQL Server Bible series, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, lead editor for SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, and a regular conference and seminar presenter. I focus on design and development of complex databases.

In the ministry world, I attended Reformed Theological Seminary and was the Enterprise Data Architect for Compassion International. I’m convinced that most ministries would benefit from a better database, so one of my goals is to enable ministries with a CRM designed for the relationship intensive needs of ministries.

Welcome to my blog.

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