Don’t Be Duped

Don’t Be Duped

While in college I received a note from my father in which he repeated a warning from my heavenly Father: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the...
Get On the Ball

Get On the Ball

A novice golfer teed his ball up and took a swing, but hit an ant mound with his club head, completely missing the ball. Ants were scurrying everywhere when the man took another swing with the same result. Undeterred by previous failure, the wanna-be golfer took...
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...
2020 in Review, and a Look Ahead

2020 in Review, and a Look Ahead

Bob Short’s report on behalf of the elders with an overview of 2020 and a look ahead to 2021. A pandemic, racial tensions and a divisive year in politics created a disruption in our lifestyles that provided opportunities and challenges for the church to be the...
Rulers, Neighbors and Politics

Rulers, Neighbors and Politics

King Canute and the Waves is a story often summarized, incorrectly, of an arrogant king with an overblown sense of power and authority, even over nature. But it was actually his followers who regarded him “lord of land and sea.” To prove them...
Peace in Pandemic Panic & Political Polarization

Peace in Pandemic Panic & Political Polarization

Recently I heard a man screaming on the trail near our home, “Get over! What’s wrong with you? Don’t you know you’re supposed to get over? Get over! COVID is here!” News broadcasts and social media have fed us a steady diet of rioting, burning, looting, and violence...