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Minister to Adults

One Story Out of Many

One Story Out of Many Let me tell you a story. A woman called this week and asked to speak to me. Most of the time when that happens, it is some kind of benevolence request. And that was true with this call. On the phone, Angela seemed to be an articulate, well-spoken woman. She …Read the full blog…

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Please, God

Please, God ”Please, Lord. Just make it stop for awhile. I’d like to catch my breath.” It seems that these past several weeks have been filled with one tragedy after another. Children who have been horribly abused. Young and older alike who have taken their own lives. Friends who have succumbed to cancer or other …Read the full blog…

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Truth Time

Truth Time It is interesting to me that people often have nothing to do with a church of any kind until they hit a bump in the road of life and need help. Then a church is often one of the first places they contact for that help. Many of the people that I talk …Read the full blog…

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Going About Our Business

Going About Our Business I was on an astronomy web page today where they were talking about resonant, co-orbital motion of heavenly bodies. It’s a long explanation that I won’t bother with right now, but the sum and substance of it is that there are planets, moons, asteroids, and other bodies in space which have …Read the full blog…

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Christianity…What It Is and Is Not

Christianity…What It Is and Is Not ”Christianity is NOT about a new moral teaching—as though we were morally clueless and in need of some fresh or clearer guidelines. Christianity isn’t about Jesus offering a wonderful moral example, as though our principal need was to see what a life of utter lover and devotion to God …Read the full blog…

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Serve With Joy

Serve With Joy I’ve posted several things written by Kendra Broekhuis in her book, “Here Goes Nothing,” an introverts reckless attempt to love her neighbor. Broekhuis writes in a way that is dynamite in getting to the heart of the matter quickly and without a lot of fluff. She writes of the real world of …Read the full blog…

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Are We Part of the Failure? Or the Solution?

Are We Part of the Failure? Or the Solution? Kendra Broekhuis is the author of “Here Goes Nothing…an introvert’s reckless attempt to love her neighbor.” I’m reading her book, and have just read a chapter titled, “But Do They Deserve My Gift?” In that chapter, Broekhuis talks of the time she and her husband were …Read the full blog…

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Facing Mortality

Facing Mortality As I write this, Karl is dying. My childhood best friend is dying from cancer. Karl has lived a wonderful life. Raised on a farm, Karl got up each morning to “chore.” Cows needed to be milked, hogs needed to be fed, and the chickens and other animals needed daily care as well. …Read the full blog…

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How’s It Working For You?

How’s It Working For You? So, grown-ups. How’s it working for you? Does it all make sense now that you’re grown up? Or do you immerse yourself in your daily activities to the point that you can’t really think about the wonder, beauty, and fragility of life? Calvin and Hobbes do the right thing in …Read the full blog…

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace I never cease to be amazed at the stories I hear from people who come through the office with some kind of need that they believe we can help fill. Television soap operas, crime shows, and movies have nothing on the stories that are told to me and other ministers as we try …Read the full blog…

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