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...
July 12, 2017
Liberal. Conservative. Progressive. Traditionalist.
Hardly a day goes by without these adjectives appearing in my BBC international newsfeed or showing up in various written or spoken conversations around the topic of the climate of North American church. I don’t know if you describe yourself using any of...
June 28, 2017
As we have been focusing on prayer through this year, my eyes have been on the lookout for various prayers that are offered to the Lord from the various writers of Scripture. This week, I was struck by the prayer which the Apostle Paul prayed for the church of the Thessalonians at the end of chapter 3.
He wrote, “May the Lord...
June 21, 2017
These days, our family tends to spend more time playing in our front yard. Our older two either climb the tree, play catch or relax in a chair with a book. Our younger two splash around in a water table or push toys around the sidewalk.
However, when we head inside, a few interesting things often occur. The younger two...
June 14, 2017
At the end of each day, right before I head to bed, I do my “dad chores.” These include locking the doors, checking the thermostat, picking up random toys, checking on our kids and turning off lights in various areas of the house. Part of this responsibility comes from some of my own obsessive impulses. The other...
June 7, 2017
I am so grateful for the support of the FMC Elders for me to attend continued educational opportunities like those during Pastor’s Week at the Moody Bible Institute. Such moments provide me with opportunities to hear about what God is doing in our country and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance about how to lead in Central...
May 24, 2017
There is something about the transition from Spring to Summer which increases my desire to be outside, without a coat or umbrella, and walk with my wife or play with my kids. Unfortunately, over the last few weeks in Central Illinois, we’ve had only few days to delight in such weather. Therefore, when sunny days appear on the...