Turbulence and Control

Turbulence and Control

Matthew 22:23-27 “We’ve been advised of turbulence ahead.” In other words, fasten your seatbelts it’s about to get a little bumpy. Sometimes I wonder if it was like that for the disciples as they followed Jesus. Like the scene, Matthew describes when Jesus is...
A Morning Warm Up

A Morning Warm Up

Genesis 11 “What would be different in the world if everyone spoke the same language? I stumbled upon the question as I made my way through Eugene Peterson’s The Daily Message. Today I read Genesis 10-11 which, of course, covers the period after the great flood...
Of Falling Leaves and Going Home

Of Falling Leaves and Going Home

Ezekiel 48:35Today is another beautiful day in Indiana.  The sun is shining and the tree leaves have begun falling.  The ground is being gently covered with the colors of orange, yellow, and brown.  This is my favorite time of year. I recall racing home through the...
A Pause That  Reminds Us

A Pause That Reminds Us

Romans 8:38-39 You know how it is – some events seem like they were a lifetime ago. But it has only been 17 years. September 11, 2001 – 9/11 as we refer to it. I still remember when Cheryl came running into our South Dakota home – eyes filled with tears, telling me...
One More Thing: Pertinent

One More Thing: Pertinent

One of my seminary professors, Dr. Ken Schenck, recently suggested that pertinence was a better word than relevance as an essential characteristic for an organization, especially those with distinctly Christian identities. Pertinence, he wrote, is relevance with...