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...
Christmas Satisfaction Even in Sorrow

Christmas Satisfaction Even in Sorrow

On Christmas Eve day of 1994, I spoke at the funeral service for my maternal grandmother. This most memorable and painful Christmas drove home the reality that a season of serenity stirs deep sorrow in the hearts of many. Loneliness through separation from family....
Speak Life

Speak Life

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” is one of the most widely popular but patently untrue statements uttered by young children. Young and old alike understand the destructive power of the tongue. Every one of us has inflicted verbal...
The Irreplaceable Head

The Irreplaceable Head

Christian author Kyle Idleman made the observation that “what you win (people) with is what you win them to.” For people looking for the real deal, the church shouldn’t put center-stage anything less than the real deal. When former Christian musician Jon...
To God Be the Glory

To God Be the Glory

One goal I accomplished while attending the Iowa State Fair recently was to eat a Bauder Bar—a thick cube of frozen peppermint ice cream sandwiched between layers of chocolate deliciousness. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, one goal of every Christ follower is to...