About Mike

About me? Well, I’m Mike to most, Michael to a few, Dad to some, Papi to some, Pastor to others. I have an amazing family – my amazing wife Tori, a bunch by birth, a bunch by marriage, some by choice, and some through foster care. These relationships and all of those that come along with them have been the most powerful tools through which God has been teaching me of His grace.

This is ALMOST the whole Peercy Posse at our most recent family wedding!

This blog is primarily a place to share reflections on those lessons.

I guess that brings me to the name – “Confessions of a Broken Tool.” When I arrived at my most recent ministry position, I told them very plainly that I was damaged goods. I have issues – particularly a struggle with depression. And while that is under control, it is still a part of my journey that has helped me to grow and learn. But brokenness is a part of me. I’m a broken tool.

The amazing thing is that, if you browse the pages of the Bible, you will find that God has accomplished many of His most amazing works using broken tools.

Abraham was too old. Jacob was a cheat. Joseph was just a dreamer. David was an adulterer and a murderer. Solomon, though more wise than any other man in history, would probably be referred to as a sex addict. Elijah dealt with depression.

The list goes on and on.

I confess that my life is a mess in a lot of ways. I’m scarred and broken and stained. But in the hands of the Master Builder, I am useful. I’m not useful because of anything that I am – except that I am His. He uses me just so I can be involved with Him. He does what He wants to do and I get to tag along.

I’m a broken tool. And His grace is sufficient for me.

Close the Gap

Every day we come across more and more evidence that things are not the way they are supposed to be. What can we do about it?

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Excruciating Love

Jesus stepped down into our mess and took our guilt and agony upon Himself so that I could have a better life… forever. We tried to do the same for two little lives that I still expect to see every time I look out the window at the swings shaken only by the breeze.

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I Choose You

If you have made one of those lifetime promises (that we usually call wedding vows), go back and listen to this great song again. What does choosing your partner look like today?

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Take The World

I’m enamored with the intimate stylings of Johnnyswim. In case you’re not acquainted, this is a husband and wife duo that makes some really great music together (and some absolutely beautiful children). Their song, “Take The World,” is a breath of courage to me in a season of weariness and desire to keep growing in my marriage.

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Like We Do

I don’t expect anyone to pattern their marriage after mine or compare theirs with ours. We have our own unique way of doing “I do” together. I’m not suggesting ours is better. I’m just saying it is ours… and it’s a work in progress, a relationship still growing, refining, reforming.

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Higher And Higher

My beloved has a way of encouraging me, helping me, motivating me to reach for more. Just like Jack Nicholson’s neurotic character blurted out in the romantic comedy, As Good As It Gets, “You make me want to be a better man!”

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Always

Andy Grammer put this idea to music in a crafty song by that title, “Always.” Over the years I have challenged couples to walk into marriage with the determination that this joining of lives will end in a cemetery instead of a courthouse. Sounds easy enough. But to decide and to live out the decision for a lifetime to be always together… that’s a big ask.

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