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Giving to the Greater Mission

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34      As we enter the month of November we are also thrust into the season of stewardship and giving. I’m sure you each have begun to see requests for support from organizations for which you are involved. The Resource Team and [...]

2017-11-13T12:39:04+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Giving to the Greater Mission

Servants of Christ’s Love

The Presbyterian Church does a very complete job of digging deeply into the theological understanding and psyche of the pastoral candidates who are coming through the system. There is a requirement for regular meetings with the CPM (Committee on Preparation for Ministry), a psychological evaluation, and regular reporting of degree progress. During one of these [...]

2017-10-18T13:20:21+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Servants of Christ’s Love

Reflecting on Our Blessings

Psalm 29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!               I write to you all as I travel with Sandi and Seth to Rochester, MN for Seth’s annual cardiologist appointment at the Mayo Clinic. This has become a yearly pilgrimage for Seth to have a [...]

2017-09-06T12:56:14+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reflecting on Our Blessings

Resilient Youth, Makes a Thriving Church

I’m not sure how many of you know that my passion for ministry and call to become a pastor had a great deal to do with my working with children and youth. Early in our married life Sandi and I began teaching a high school Sunday school class at the Elmhurst Presbyterian church. When we [...]

2017-07-31T14:36:47+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Resilient Youth, Makes a Thriving Church

Where we worship…God is there!

July 2017             Back in Seminary I took a class on church development and was assigned a final class paper on church crisis. What we needed to do was discover a church crisis and write about the process of resolution. A few weeks before I began my class a local Catholic church in the town [...]

2017-07-31T14:33:15+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Where we worship…God is there!

God’s Word

I have just finished reading a book titled, Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman. This book garnered my attention because of a History Channel program I enjoy watching called, Vikings, and my desire to discover more about the Norse gods these historical people worshipped and detested. The Norse gods include the likes of; Odin, Thor and [...]

2017-06-22T10:26:12+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on God’s Word

We Are Easter People

Acts 4: While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. On the night of Maundy Thursday the religious leaders of the temple [...]

2017-06-22T10:26:12+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on We Are Easter People

Rule of Life

A few weeks ago you all afforded me some time for a 6-day study leave. The conference I attended was called CREDO and was located at the Wooded Glen Conference Center in woods of Southern Indiana. This conference was sponsored by the Presbyterian Board of Pensions and was designed for mid-career pastors. Those in attendance [...]

2017-06-22T10:26:12+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rule of Life

Seeing What We Can Become

My family will take a trip this summer out west for two weeks of camping and exploring some of the nation’s national parks. This trip is to celebrate Ben’s graduation and to have one last family vacation before he leaves for Borger, Texas and his first post graduate job with Chevron Phillips. Years ago we [...]

2017-03-13T16:07:55+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Seeing What We Can Become

Annual Update

I have received many compliments for the new St. Luke Union addition we have committed ourselves to and the result that has been accomplished. A few months ago I challenged the congregation to now allow the Holy Spirit to work in your hearts and embrace where God is calling the church’s mission to bloom. To [...]

2017-06-22T10:26:12+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Annual Update