October 13, 2019

This time of year, you don't have to go far to stumble over reminders that it's harvest time in our corner of the Midwest. It never ceases to amaze me how big a deal that "harvest" seems to have become to people who have never ventured anywhere near an actual working f...

August 28, 2019

The theme of my summer seems to have been "reunions".  In May, it was my 50th high school reunion in Nebraska followed in late July by my wife's extended family reunion held this year in Pomona, California near Los Angeles.  Sharing and reliving fond memories from my h...

May 19, 2019

Mother's Day was last Sunday, and thoughts of my own mother have been occupying my mind over the past couple of weeks. Mom has been gone now for more than four years, but this year for some reason, her absence seems to have penetrated my thoughts and emotions more deep...

March 31, 2019

"He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). That phrase from Jesus uttered during his Sermon on the Mount has been on my mind of late. I used to hear it a lot when I was growing up on the plains of N...

February 11, 2019

Considering polar vortices followed closely by 50 degree days and February thunderstorms, it's been a good couple of weeks to consider the transitory nature of ice. Ice has been in the news, in the air, on the street, covering the sidewalk, on our roofs and in our rain...

December 24, 2018

Monday's headline in the local newspaper in very large letters proclaimed "Yule travel more likely" with a subheading advising that the number of holiday travelers this year may break all records!

I'm sure there will come a day when my kids, while reflecting on shared m...

November 12, 2018

My wife is always amazed at how many things that I'm capable of forgetting. We're not just talking about forgetting to pick up milk on the way home, we're talking about important experiences from my childhood or from our early lives as a couple. Things are vivid memori...

September 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered why some events stick in your memory more vividly than others? If you're like me, there are a handful of events from your lifetime that will always be burned into your memory; events that bring back vivid images in your mind of where you were and...

July 30, 2018

Two inches of gentle rains in July! What a wonderful gift from God we received last weekend in this part of the world! 

Jesus didn't dwell on the weather very much (you can tell he was the son of a carpenter, not a farmer). Yes, there was the storm on the Sea of Galilee...

June 9, 2018

Pastor Toby exclaims.. "I've Got People!!", after discovering and meeting relatives of her birth mother living not too far away in Indiana.........

At a recent family reunion, a group of twenty-somethings enjoy a day hike on the Appalachian Trail, a group with roots in...

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