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Teaching in Uncertain Times

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 The midsummer month of July is "normally" filled with family vacations to beautiful, sometimes far-away destinations, trips to beaches on the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore, or attending Major League or Minor League baseball games in cities such as Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis or South Bend. Based upon Facebook posts, some of you have traveled some this summer to wonderful vacation spots and perhaps (safely) visited the local beaches. Yes, Major League Baseball is currently resuming albeit without fans who have been replaced by artificial crow

A Great Big Beautiful World

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. -1 Corinthians 12:12 A group of virtual campers and guides spent this past week exploring God's Great Big Beautiful World. When it came to Vacation Bible Camp this year, the Christian Education Team faced the many challenges that churches, schools, restaurants, and every other institution faced in the midst of COVID-19. Do we host a VBC? How could we do it safely? In the end, we did what the church has always done. We followed the guidance of the Holy Spirit and leveraged the resources available to us to spread the Good News! We adapted, adopted, and d

Healing Takes Time

I have a confession to make, I injured myself running earlier this year. Like most men, I tried to ignore it. I hoped that it was just a minor issue and that it will just go away. I tried my best to keep my training up and kept running the long distances to prepare for my next race. I gutted through the pain that began when I started my runs and at the end of my runs. Quite frankly, I ignored what my body and my medical experts where telling me (you all know and love my on call physical therapist). I tried to maintain my normal regiment/training as if nothing happened. That was until I ran a virtual race (basically a race by yourself) and the pain was so bad I just barely finished the

Who Was That Masked Man?

Many of us in the "at risk" group based on age remember a popular TV series from a long time ago... the 1950's... where that dialog question always got into the script and was usually spoken by one of the people who had had a wrong that was righted by a mysterious no-name individual who always did the right thing. Yup... he was the Lone Ranger, a guy who fought for right and always won out over evil. Most likely in today's world some people would take issue with him and his tactics, but back then, he stood for what was good and right... and he wore a white hat along with his mask to signal that to everyone. Simpler times for sure. Today, "who was that masked man?" takes on a whole different

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