An Invitation to the Table – A Thanksgiving Message

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In my parents’ house, this week was always super special.  My mom, similar to many women of her generation, was an amateur chef.  Her regular menu included smothered pork chops, meatloaf, fried chicken, and numerous casseroles.  She looked forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas — the best investment of her culinary talents.  She would do her… Continue Reading An Invitation to the Table – A Thanksgiving Message

We’ve Come This Far By Faith

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When I was a doctoral student, I enrolled in classes in Neuroscience in preparation for my dissertation. In the introductory course, each professor in the department shared their research and what they had discovered (or not) about the section of the brain they were studying.  My favorite lecture was from a scientist who was investigating… Continue Reading We’ve Come This Far By Faith

I Am Not a Fair-Weather Fan

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This past weekend was not a good one for many teams.  Michigan State lost to the Buckeyes on Saturday.  The Lions were unable to score any points against the Patriots on Sunday. And as I write this post, the Cleveland Guardians are losing to the Yankees, once again. For me, the most painful game on… Continue Reading I Am Not a Fair-Weather Fan

Midwest District Conference 2022

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We dare to hope that our decisions for mission and ministry are no longer being driven by the pandemic.  We have been living in a liminal space for over two years.  And yet, there are more decisions before us.  On the morning of October 15, 2022, from 10:00 am – 12:00, we will gather for… Continue Reading Midwest District Conference 2022

God’s Light

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I am hoping that this Fall we are returning to the routine of in-person church.  I’m not sure if it’s true for you, but I think I took Sunday mornings and what happened in worship for granted.  During the worst part of the pandemic, I missed the singing the most.  Zoom is not really good… Continue Reading God’s Light

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

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Often when I am online, searching for information about people, places, and movies, the search engines I use inform me that by answering a few short questions, they can tell me who I am and what I like to do.  Some questionnaires are about my knowledge of t.v. or movie trivia.  Others are designed to… Continue Reading They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

Psalm 8:3

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“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,” Psalm 8:3 Long before there were films like The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, and Hidden Figures, I have been an amateur astronomer.  My sister Gretchee would often wake my sister Lynn and me to watch… Continue Reading Psalm 8:3

Uvalde

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When I began to consider what I would share in this week’s Corner, I thought about how many of us will gather together in Grand Traverse for the first time in 3 years. And then I saw the news from a small town in Texas that is now the center of another national tragedy.  During… Continue Reading Uvalde

Praying Without Ceasing

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I come from a family of ministers.  My aunt was the equivalent of the Associate Pastor at the church she served.  She led Wednesday night prayer services.  Her husband, my Uncle Harry would often lift up the prayers each time we gathered.  He was a true prayer warrior.  Often, he would pray for 45 minutes… Continue Reading Praying Without Ceasing

Never a Chance Meeting

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Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You can have this whole world, give me Jesus.1 This is a song I often sing when I am feeling troubled, anxious, or worried.  But I know there was a time before our Savior came to journey with us.  What did people who struggled back then sing about?  When… Continue Reading Never a Chance Meeting

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