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Monthly January 2011
“Sacrifice Your Son on Top of a Mountain”
Posing with my son Jamin (age 7) at the summit of the first "Fourteener" he climbed in CO in 2009.

What if your friend told you he’d heard a voice lately instructing him to do exactly that—take a hike up a distant mountain and sacrifice his son there as a burnt offering. And furthermore, he’s pretty sure it was God’s voice. Would you think, “I’ve got to get this guy committed to the psycho ward…he’s either believing a really bad joke or is a fringe lunatic.”

Or what if one of your good friends told you that God had told him to hang out in the red light district of a local city and marry the first hooker that propositioned him? Would you tell him he’s a sick man taking a one-way ticket down a road clearly paved with marital wreckage and well-deserved character defamation?

Or would famous Father Abraham or holy-man Prophet Hosea both come to mind. These men both heard from the God of the universe tell them to do exactly what I’ve described above (Genesis 22:2, Hosea 1:2; 3:1-3). And both real-life stories from the Word beg the question: does God still ask His followers to do seemingly crazy things that go completely against conventional wisdom?

Just yesterday morning I read in Mark 3:21 that Jesus’ own family thought He was “out of his mind.” They tried to shut him down or at least bring him under their control. Have you ever been accused of being out of your mind when pursuing a God-inspired dream or following the course God has laid out for you? Does heroic faith often look absurd to those obsessed with commonsense and only aspire to a “good call” in retrospect?

Stories of other Biblical heroes further rock our airtight arguments for rigid applications of truth and principles. A faithful woman named Ruth uncovered a guy’s feet in the middle of the night (Ruth 3:7)—was she setting a good example to those wondering about how to ask out a date? Isaiah walked around naked and barefoot for three years to make a graphic point (Isaiah 20:2-3)—shouldn’t someone like that be arrested for indecent exposure? And then there’s Jesus. Rather than going along with a broken religious system, He rebuked its leaders in fits of anger (John 2:15-17) and preferred to hang out with outsiders—men and women of ill repute (Luke 5:29-32; 7:37-39). Always at the center of controversy, Jesus often caused disunity (Matthew 10:34) and exhorted His followers to choose Him above their parents and religious authorities (Luke 14:26-33). And finally, the Apostle Paul—a former promoter of Jewish orthodoxy and absolute adherence to its system—is a Spirit-inspired troublemaker who today might be known as one who is constantly “church-hopping” (Acts 16:40; 18:1-23), judging Christian leaders (Galatians 2:11-14), and instigating violent protests (Acts 17:1-9).

Consider further these last two characters. Would Jesus pass the “Not even a hint of immorality” test with all the people He hung out with? And honestly, would you let a preacher speak in your church who like Paul had mystical experiences (2 Corinthians 12:1-4) and whose handkerchiefs were used to heal the sick (Acts 19:11-12)?

I’ve just finished reading Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen that has me re-thinking my typical approach of forming conclusive opinions on the purposes or nature of God. I’m also wondering about our tendency to judge those who don’t follow conventional Christian pathways or use orthodox methods while pursuing what they understand to be God’s will for their lives. Is our general approach to Biblical understanding too sterilized; or in Tiegreen’s words—“Is it possible we’ve created a safe, tidy Christian culture that too often holds back from embracing the complete truth of God’s character—and those of His people?”

What do you think? What part of the Biblical narrative is jarring your neatly packaged theology?

One Word for the Year

I took Jon Gordon’s free tele-seminar last week. My most important takeaway resulted in a family powwow yesterday that zeroed in on Gordon’s advice to pick one word to focus and define one’s life for the coming year. We decided that choosing verbs would do best in keeping us action-oriented with these words.

For me it was pray—I want to develop a deeper prayer life in the coming year. My wife Amy chose the verb listen since her desire in 2011 is to cultivate a greater sensitivity to the voice of the Spirit in the little things of life. Brittany chose the word respect—as a teenager she desires to grow in her respect for her parents and her friends. Courtney felt that the words be kind would help focus her responses to siblings and others when they “get under her skin.” Jamin chose the verb obey as he believes he needs to grow in the area of instant obedience. Lastly, our family chose the word encourage, focusing our collective vision of building each other up over the course of the next year.

I took each of these words and printed them out on cardstock. Each of us will now draw a picture on the background of each card to further demonstrate how that word will affect us in 2011.

So how about you…what will define your focus in the coming year?

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333 East Margaret Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390

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A room featuring a multi-media projector with 3000 lumens or greater is preferred for all events. I will use my own projector when one is not available. Please note that for most presentations and workshops I need my laptop at the front of the venue from where I’ll be speaking. My system can accommodate VGA/HDMI/DVI cables. Most of my presentations are designed for widescreen (16:9).

For audio I prefer a lapel or Countryman microphone. For presentation/video audio I can supply my own speaker for groups under 100 people. For larger groups I need an audio cable (3.5mm mini stereo) that plugs directly into my laptop.

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An eight-foot table should be available on which to place books, CDs, DVDs, and other resources for sale. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted.

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I do not charge a set fee when speaking at non-profit events. However, donations are welcome to support my family, cover bills, and feed my Puggle. Suggested donation amount is $500/day plus travel expenses. If I’m within 8 hours of an event I will drive (suggested reimbursement of $250), otherwise I typically fly (if within the USA, $500). I fly out of Lexington, KY and typically purchase my own tickets; a reimbursement check can be mailed to 333 East Margaret Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390.

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I’d be delighted to come to your event and speak. I typically keep my events within a 1-3 day time period due to commitments to my family; anything over this length of time is generally reserved for international travel. Workshops can be facilitated as whole-day or half-day events. My multi-part series can be easily held over a weekend, beginning Friday night and ending Sunday morning or beginning Sunday morning and ending Monday evening.

About MeAbout Me

Speaker, author, and life coach.

Born in Ontario, Canada, I moved to El Salvador at age 4 to live as a missionary kid for three years. At age nineteen I moved to Alberta, Canada where I taught school for three years. After leading several short term teams to Asia focused on unreached people groups, I married my sweetheart Amy and lived in Northern Indiana for Familya year and a half. In 1997, we moved with our infant daughter Brittany to Thailand where I served as director of Global Tribes Outreach. During our ten-year stint in Southeast Asia, God blessed us with two more children—Courtney and Jamin. In 2008 we moved back to North America and bought our first house in Kentucky, USA. I acquired a Masters in Christian Leadership from Asbury Seminary in 2014 and now travel both domestically and internationally to develop leaders.

As a leadership developer and life coach I help non-profit and business leaders understand how to maximize their God-given potential to lead and serve others. I am the author of A Serving Leader’s Devotional and the President of the Reverb Network.

I’ve spoken broadly on personal & global mission, leadership, team building, and numerous Biblical subjects over the last 20 years on four continents and numerous states and provinces in the USA and Canada.

I am committed to a Biblical worldview and dedicated to motivating the church toward missional thinking and practice in all areas of life. I believe that everyone has a God-given purpose to love and serve others like Jesus. I firmly believe that having our thinking challenged is not enough; it must be translated into change.

MY STORY

I have heard from other staff members who agree with me, this was one of the best/productive workshops we've attended.

Dan Domer
Staff Member, Covenant Church, Winterville, NC

Your talk rocked my world.  

Qian Wang
Perspectives Student, College Station, TX

Luke Kuepfer’s high-energy presentation of the material was delightful, articulate, and profound! If you are looking for a fresh and life-changing look at Jesus’ servant leadership model, look no further! Give Luke a call!

Don Showalter
President, Hearts Alive!

Luke is a dynamic speaker with the gift of clearly articulating Biblical truths in an easy-to-understand manner. He speaks in humility but with authority, and injects his message with the experience and global perspective gained from living abroad as a missionary for many years.

Santosh David Poonen
Elder, River of Life Christian Fellowship, Loveland, CO

Luke’s enthusiasm and passion for the local church and its impact in the community is inspiring. I highly recommend his teaching and ministry!  

Clarence Miller
Deacon, Sharon Mennonite Church

“Transformational” is the one word I would use to describe the seminar. Luke has a true gift in communicating God’s truths with clarity and passion.

Joe Bacher
Pastor, Foothills Fellowship Westminster, SC

Luke is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, presenting the interactive material creatively. It is a unique presentation unlike the usual “leadership seminars” taught from the front. Luke presents it with expertise, fun, and interest in each attendee.

David Livingstone
Regional Manager, North-East & Mid-Atlantic Region, The JESUS Film Project

Luke really has an incredible way of captivating everyone’s attention and making a seminar meaningful. He speaks from his heart and lives what he preaches. As a result of this Encounter we’re taking our family to Southeast Asia on a two-month mission trip with the possibility of moving there long-term.

Lloyd & Mary Ellen Esh
Pastor, New Covenant Mennonite Fellowship New Holland, PA

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2014 - 2016

SPEAKER, COACH, & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPER

Presentations and workshops in both non-profit and business venues around the world on leadership, people skills, and life purpose.

2011- 2013

STUDENT @ ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Masters Degree in Christian Leadership.

2009 - 2010

STUDENT @ THOMAS EDISON STATE COLLEGE

Bachelor’s Degree online in Liberal Studies.

1997 - 2008

DIRECTOR @ GLOBAL TRIBES OUTREACH

Founded and served as Field Director of Global Tribes Outreach (GTO), a non-profit organization based in Southeast Asia committed to church planting and social work.

1994 - 1996

WORKER IN CONSTRUCTION AND AGRICULTURE

Floor finishing in concrete construction and equipment operator on a cash crop farm.

1990 - 1993

TEACHER @ PRAIRIE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Taught elementary through high school students in a self-directed learning environment.