Last month, I was honored to join the team for the Honduras mission trip. There were so many heart-breaking stories, culture shocking experiences, and awe-inspiring people. One of those people was a woman in Tocoa named Karina. Continue reading →
Magnets are mysterious to me.
The earliest discovery of the properties of lodestone [magnetite] was either by the Greeks or Chinese. Stories of magnetism date back to the first century B.C. in the writings of Lucretius and Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD Roman). Pliny wrote of a hill near the river Indus that was made entirely of a stone that attracted iron. He mentioned the magical powers of magnetite in his writings. For many years following its discovery, magnetite was surrounded in superstition and was considered to possess magical powers, such as the ability to heal the sick, frighten away evil spirits and attract and dissolve ships made of iron! Continue reading →
Scars. God uses scars as reminders to us that He is Faithful!
My son Benjamin had his first big fall about two months ago. He fell on his face leaving a huge gash on his forehead. Don’t worry, no concussion and really no fuss. He was more concerned with not having a freezing ice pack attached to his head. Continue reading →
Anger, intolerance, disrespect, bitterness – and I thought it would end when the elections were over!
I know many, if not most, of us became weary and frustrated over the long election cycle seeing celebrities, media, and even “friends” on Facebook show anger, intolerance, and disrespect to those of different political and social views. I’m sure this trend has even split apart family members. I’ve been saddened and dismayed by Facebook “friends” bitterly and derisively disrespecting my political and social views. Continue reading →
“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” (Proverbs 16:21)
If sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness, I can’t help but think that the Apostle Paul must have been the ultimate sweet talker! He is credited with the rapid spread of Christianity to the gentile world, and the early Christians immediately recognized his 13 epistles as God’s Word. That sweet and persuasive Word not only endured but escalated in acceptance despite periods of horrific persecution against the early Christian church. Continue reading →
LENT: From Ashes to Easter… Way easier to say than “Quadragesima!”
Here we are in the season of Lent. We contemplate who we are before God on Ash Wednesday. We come forward to be reminded of our sins when the ashes hit our foreheads. We sit in those ashes, not being able to see them, yet sometimes being able to feel them. We say good-bye to ‘Alleluia’, and no longer sing the ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ in the traditional liturgy. We reflect during this solemn time on our unrighteousness. Maybe we give something up, maybe we pray more, maybe… Continue reading →
A recent bulletin board at school was inspired by the sermon series, Love is a Verb. Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran School student council members challenged fellow students to share how they were living a life of love at home and at school. They cut out pink, purple, and red hearts and encouraged students to write down specific examples. Here is a sampling. Continue reading →
I didn’t marry my wife.
She didn’t marry me, either.
Don’t get me wrong. We’re married. But we didn’t do it. No, the minister didn’t do it, either! We were married, but by the only one Continue reading →
Close your eyes for a second and imagine this:
It’s a beautiful, sunny, summer day, with blue skies and billowy white clouds. It’s warm, but not too hot just yet, about a perfect 85 degrees. It’s early in the morning, where the breeze is pleasant and the quiet air is filled with chirping birds, and a calm stillness that belies the day ahead. Continue reading →