Thanks, Dad

Thanks, Dad

My dad marched me down to the neighbor’s home, knocked on the door, and told the father of the boy who had previously punched me in the gut without provocation that if anything like that ever happened again that man would be held responsible. I’m so thankful that I...
Believing Without Seeing is a Blessing

Believing Without Seeing is a Blessing

On March 5, 2022 an EF-3 tornado ravaged Winterset, Iowa. I didn’t see the tornado, but I believe it was real based upon the evidence. Images of downed trees, snapped power lines, damaged buildings, and a path of debris all testify of the twister’s reality. Those who...
Dying to Live

Dying to Live

Recently a friend attended a gathering where the majority of the people had spent years sacrificing, working hard, and saving so they could spend their later years at ease in a warmer climate. For most of their lives they were “dying to live”—longing for the day they...
Elders’ annual report

Elders’ annual report

2021 After major disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, life began to return to a new normal in 2021. The availability of a vaccine made a number of individuals comfortable returning to church “in person” but “Welcome to those here in person, and those...
What’s New in ’22?

What’s New in ’22?

More often than I care to admit, I’ve self-righteously accused my wife of misplacing the car keys when I’m the culprit. The Lord’s penetrating statement towards the sanctimonious accusers of a woman caught in adultery in John 8 provides a valuable lesson on mercy. The...