The pandemic has changed the ways we live our lives. COVID updates are part of the daily newsfeed with positivity rates, hospitalizations and sadly death rates presented. Trips to stores and hospitals have encouraged or required us to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and check our temperatures on a regular basis. Delivery companies like… Continue Reading How Can I Keep From Singing?
Today begins our 2022 Lenten journey. Over the next several weeks we will reflect upon what Jesus did for our salvation and redemption. There are Gospel passages that resonate with us. Some are well known by their titles, like The Woman at the Well (John 4), Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 8), The Paralyzed Man (Luke 5)… Continue Reading The Jericho Journey
There are some conversations that as pastors we don’t always want to have. Sometimes, what we do as Christians, how we respond to God’s call upon our lives, and how we are transformed and transforming others is just part of who we are as God’s messengers and servants. We may not want to talk about… Continue Reading An Offering and Investment
When I was a very young child, Lego building blocks were a novelty. They came in a box with bunches of pieces that could be used to build whatever a child (or their parents) imagined. There were a few pictures on the box, suggesting some possibilities, but that was about it. The Legos were sorted… Continue Reading Instruction Manual Included
Just a little over six years ago, Hamilton debuted on Broadway. Whether you have seen it or not, this biopic production raised the bar on music composition and production design. Through rap, sonatas, and ballads, much of Alexander Hamilton’s life is chronicled. The final song, entitled: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? presents us… Continue Reading Who Tells God’s Story?
Over the years, I have taken a lot of adventure vacations. My favorites are still the time I spent at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. I also went on a few cruises. A few months prior to the sail date, the cruise line sent a packet of information that listed the excursions being offered. My… Continue Reading We Need Help
For those of you who don’t watch sports, I ask for your grace in the first part of today’s Corner. Over the weekend, the NFL Divisional playoffs were contested. The winners will meet for the Conference Championships and the opportunity to compete in this year’s Superbowl. Prior to each game the pundits and announcers chose… Continue Reading Keeping the Faith
When I was a child, my mom would watch Graham Kerr, a British chef who created fancy dishes on his show. I remember my mom would sit down with pen and paper in hand to write down all the steps of each recipe so she could recreate it at home. She was often unable to… Continue Reading Preparing our Sermons
Last Wednesday as inclement weather hit the Grand Rapids area, I heard the distinctive crackling sound of a power line breaking. I called Consumer’s Energy as I watched sparks dance between the trees across the street. The power in my house blinked off and on a few times before it was restored. Somehow, even though… Continue Reading Connecting to the Internet
When I lived in Iowa, in the last part of the 20th century, the Avenue of the Saints was under construction. It was the concept of an engineer who wanted drivers to have a direct route between St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. Louis, Missouri. The road is over 500 miles long. I wasn’t really aware… Continue Reading Avenue of the Saints