Goodbye Groaning

Goodbye Groaning

About an hour before 20 ladies were to arrive at our home for a bridal shower, my wife noticed dripping water inside our freezer and water leaking from our clothes washer into the basement. These abrupt reminders that we live in a fallen and falling apart world are...
Resurrection Reality and Riches

Resurrection Reality and Riches

According to a reptile expert who gave a presentation to our school when I was in junior high, Pammel State Park near Winterset, Iowa has the unique designation as one of the best places in the United States to find rattlesnakes. The celebration of Easter highlights...
Grateful Groaning

Grateful Groaning

On December 30, 2020, I became a statistic—I contracted Covid-19. I spent the next 14 days enduring the nasty effects of this pandemic perpetrator in isolation in our basement. I was thankful that I wasn’t hospitalized, that I survived, and that I gained some...
Faith, Not Fear, in the New Year

Faith, Not Fear, in the New Year

The offensive lineman drove his shoulder into my knee as I was making a tackle. The resulting injury in the first game of my junior year in high school ended my football career. My dreams of following in my father’s footsteps and playing at the next level were...
The Light of Life

The Light of Life

It was too hot to sleep, so my dear wife got up and went to the kitchen of our short-term mission home to get some ice. When she turned on the lights, the floor was moving—cockroaches, lots of cockroaches, scurrying to hide. Light exposes what is in the dark. In God’s...