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Zeke is an author, freelance outdoor writer, and pastor. His first book, Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize The Best Things, was published with Howard Books (Simon & Schuster’s Christian imprint) in March of 2012. He’s represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Agency.Zeke is a regular contributor to several national outdoor magazines, including Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting, Petersen’s Bowhunting, and Bow & Arrow Hunting. He writes and speaks regularly on subjects such as hunting strategies and the life of the sportsman, as well as topics like marriage, parenting, and balancing priorities.Zeke is the senior pastor at Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Central City, Nebraska. He’s been married to Jamie for 14 years, and they have three children. He earned his Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology, and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.The Piphers live on an acreage in central Nebraska, a mile from the Platte River—the perfect place to hike, hunt, fish, camp, swim, chop wood, and train their German wirehair, Ezra. He’s a huge Husker fan and maintains that the 1971 football team is the best college team of all time.


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Do men want isolation? At least one does…

By Zeke Pipher on June 4, 2015

The problem with this desire to find autonomy, privacy, and isolation is that when we try hard enough, unfortunately, we find it.

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Are overprotective parents HURTING their children?

By Zeke Pipher on April 9, 2015

Last week, my 11-year old son asked if he could use my 18-inch chainsaw to clear dead trees out of our shelterbelt. In the deepest voice he could muster, he stated, “I’ve got that little hatchet you gave me, Dad……

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What do you do when a bull shark swims 2 feet from your child?

By Zeke Pipher on April 4, 2015

You make a movie about it, of course! Our family vacationed in Florida last week, and one afternoon while I sat on the beach watching my fishing poles, a 6-ft. bull shark (likely) swam within 2 feet of my 13-year…

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Midges, Scuds, and Nymphs (Taneycomo VIDEO)

By Zeke Pipher on March 16, 2015

“The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line.” – William Humphrey in The Armchair Angler   I’m not a fly fishing guru. I usually learn something new each time I enter a fly…

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Video of the aftermath of Heartland EFC's fire

By Zeke Pipher on February 15, 2015

This past week, just five days after the fire, I met with a 5-year old girl to talk about the fire. Her room in the church was one of the places that burned, and she was having a hard time…

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When our favorite places burn

By Zeke Pipher on February 6, 2015

How much must God love us to let us go through this together? That’s the question I keep asking myself after the fire last night at Heartland. I don’t say that to minimize the importance of church buildings, or places…

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Only men can change the boy into a man

By Zeke Pipher on January 29, 2015

“It’s becoming clear to us that manhood doesn’t happen by itself; it doesn’t happen just because we eat Wheaties. The active intervention of the older men means that older men welcome the younger man into the ancient, mythologized, instinctive male…

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Do kids need batteries to have fun?

By Zeke Pipher on January 22, 2015

“In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate place.” – Richard Louv I helped out with a summer camp a while back. About three hundred children from Nebraska and Kansas…

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Is Nebraska about to take a step forward?

By Zeke Pipher on January 20, 2015

I want to use this blog, at times, to discuss things in Nebraska that are very important to me, personally. Few things in my life right now are more than this issue. Today, the Education Committee (Nebraska’s State Legislature) hears discussion…

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To the guy with the gun out the window

By Zeke Pipher on January 19, 2015

There are hunters… and then there are guys with guns in pickups. These are very different categories. A couple years ago, I encountered a guy with a gun in a pickup. It was an hour after sundown on a crisp December…

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