October 11, 2017
Our children are in a phase of life where we can almost see them growing. One of our twins already rivals the kitchen counter with his height. The other develops a broader vocabulary almost every day. Often, I tell our daughter to stop growing. She laughs and tells me “No,” but then we silently recognize...
September 27, 2017
If you’ve been following along with our Daily Scripture Reading, the Lord has led you through a journey of studying the various kings among God’s people, Israel. Currently, King Josiah is in focus. His story is quite remarkable and worth of reflecting upon.
Josiah inherited a terrible heritage from his father and...
Sep20WedSeptember 20, 2017
I survived my first Morton Pumpkin Festival! There were some lessons I learned this year, like: buy the tickets for rides early, avoid the spinning rides if you are older than 40 and don’t be surprised by anything you may see in the parade!
I have to admit, this is the first parade I’ve ever been at where elderly people were pushed...
September 13, 2017
A couple of years ago, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary by staying in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The city itself is beautiful and filled with locally-owned restaurants and shops. There is also a plethora of spiritually-inspired stores. In Asheville, you can easily purchase statues of Buddha, a variety of...
August 30, 2017
Next week, our eldest son and I will travel down to the Shawnee National Forest to embark on our yearly hiking trip. During the previous trips, we visited many of the marked trails in the Northeast corner of the forest by driving from site to site. This year, we are going to attempt to visit each trail by foot, making a zig-zag line...
Aug23WedAugust 23, 2017Have you ever thought about how many places you’ve lived? Remember the first apartment you moved into?
Back then it didn’t matter if it had a basement (unless it was a basement apartment) or if it had a garage or backyard. I remember carrying my laundry to a laundromat a block away. I also remember when the lady who lived below...
August 16, 2017
On Friday, August 11 th , an angry mob of white supremacists rallied around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia with torches and a nationalistic agenda. Meanwhile, people from different religions gathered at a nearby church to hear from activist Cornel West and the president of the Unitarian Universalist...
Aug9WedAugust 9, 2017Change – Some say that change is never easy, but there are some changes we do love! It might be a new outfit to wear or
new car to drive. Personally, I love it when my daughter changes her baby’s diaper and doesn’t expect me to do it for her!
Life is filled with changes. Sometimes life will bring a change we never expected....
August 2, 2017
At our final small group book study, we took some time to reflect upon the reality that God’s work is often like farming. There is a time for planting (whether asking in prayer or investing in disciple-making friendship). There is a time for waiting to see what God is going to do with our small efforts. Then there is a...
July 26, 2017
When I came home from Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center on Friday last week, our daughter gave me a large hug and then said, with a wrinkled nose, “You smell like camp!” (Rarely is that phrase used in a positive context.) I defended myself but reluctantly admitted that she was probably correct.
Encounters with nature...