October 27, 2019

I love autumn, particularly late October! The beauty of God's creation is on full display with the amazing repertoire of colors cascading through what seems to be an infinite number of leaves on (and off) northwest Indiana trees. Yes, the different shades of red, orang...

September 9, 2019

When I first began attending First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, I remember hearing the words, "This is Christ's church, not ours" which, of course, placed great emphasis that Jesus Christ is Head of the Church.  Throughout the ministry of Jesus, he anointed disci...

July 20, 2019

This summer, I have had the privilege of performing a ministry program known as Clinical Pastoral Education ("CPE") at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. The program consists of 400 clinical hours and includes two group sessions per week w...

May 31, 2019

Perhaps the most inspiring blessing of the worship community at First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso is your generosity in "giving" to help the ministry of Jesus Christ grow and flourish. As God's church, your plentiful monetary gifts are exceeded only by your commi...

April 14, 2019

Ever since the spring like weather has emerged over the last ten days, construction crews have populated our highways. This effort to fix the potholes on our roads is particularly prevalent during my drive to Chicago for seminary classes two days a week.  While I must...

February 24, 2019

As I look out the windows on a typical late-February day in Valparaiso, I realize that I am definitely ready for warmer temperatures and a season where snow is absent and I don't have to chip ice off my car windshields. Unless you are a big fan of winter, I imagine man...

January 5, 2019

As we were ringing in the New Year a few days ago, I couldn't help but think of some of the joyful events that occurred during 2018. Of course, for each person and family the tone of last year varied. Some families were blessed with the birth of children and grandchild...

November 26, 2018

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sis...

September 22, 2018

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, 

and creates a vision for tomorrow." 

- Melody Beattie, author

Nearly five years ago, God called me to consider something that had been building for a long time. Upon prayerful discernment, I accepted God's calli...

July 2, 2018

As we approach the birthday of our nation next Wednesday, I ask each of you to think about what July 4th means to you. When I was a young boy, our town just outside of Akron, Ohio, had a parade in the morning. I remember the creative floats, cotton candy, and snow cone...

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