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On Being A Dad

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Today is my birthday. It did not go as I expected – not that I expected much! My plan was to work through the morning and afternoon, go out to eat with my family, and enjoy fresh strawberry pie (my favorite!) rather than birthday cake. Instead, I spent a good part of my day in the ER. One of my sons had an accident and broke his wrist pretty badly. Four and half hours later, I am back in the office. While I drove him to the ER, he was in a lot of pain. He is a tough guy but…

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Waiting in My Father’s World

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If you were sitting next to me in my office you would have seen two seemingly unrelated items on my computer screen late this morning. The first was a piece of music – an arrangement of “This is My Father’s World” – that I am considering to have our church choir sing. The arrangement is powerful, beautiful, and awe-inspiring. The second was an email update from the adoption agency my wife and I are working with. For those of you who do not know, Casey and I are pursuing an international adoption. We have now completed the bulk of our…

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Yes, I’m Proud To Be An American

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On this Independence Day here are three reflections as a Christian Pastor in America. First, I am proud to be an American. Of course there is such a thing as sinful pride that no Christian should embrace. When it comes to national pride, sinful national pride would include the idea that we ourselves made our country or that no other countries have anything much good to offer to the world. This sinful attitude shows up in a sneering and snobbish look toward the other nations of the earth. Christians should reject that kind of pride. We are blessed of the…

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What I’m Reading – “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.”

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“The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to the Sexual Revolution” by Carl Trueman. In reviewing Trueman’s work, I want to begin not with Trueman but with Walt Disney: “Have faith in your dreams and someday Your rainbow will come smiling through No matter how your heart is grieving If you keep on believing The dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella Both Trueman’s book and the review you are reading now are a bit dense (though not as dense as some of the people he interacts with). Truerman’s 426 pages…

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Through the Bible – 2021

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For a little over five years I have been listening, on a regular basis, to audio books. More specifically, I’ve listened to about 50 of them. Many of them have been quite long. I would guess, off the top of my head, that they averaged about 25 hours in length (for those counting, that means a lot of them were very long!). I have come to really enjoy the format. I find that I can focus on most of them quite well when I am engaging in various tasks. This year, I have decided to add a new audio book…

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Resuming Services

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Dear Members and Friends, I am excited to announce that we are going to be resuming our services this Sunday! This includes our Sunday School, Morning Worship Service, and our Evening Service. I am looking forward to worshiping with you all again! Here are are a couple of notes to consider: 1. Please be reminded that if you are sick or have had recent significant exposure to Covid to refrain from attending services. Our morning sermons are usually posted on our website by Sunday afternoon so you can listen to them that day. In addition, the bulletin, with our order…

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