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Posts by David Turner

One Life

This past Sunday afternoon at the Community Christmas Concert, “One Solitary Life,” by Danny Hahlbohm was read. I was struck again by its power. Here is a shortened version: “Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, a child was born of a peasant woman. He worked as a carpenter until he was thirty.…

Beloved Community

I believe in the power of community. Indeed, the theme that is guiding our programming this year is “Building Community.” But I’m always amazed and awed when I see authentic community in action. Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched as our church came together to provide 178 beds for children in our community. It…

It Begins!

Thanksgiving is behind us. Over the rivers and through the woods, we’ve returned from Grandmother’s house to begin preparing for Christmas. Although you rarely hear the word, this season of preparation has a name: Advent. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word Adventus – which means coming. It’s a time, not only for decorating…

Eyes to See

Occasionally, when I’m talking to someone who has a lot of unhappiness in their life, I’m tempted to ask, “What is the one thing all of your problems have in common?” Of course, the correct answer is “ME!” However, since that approach isn’t usually received too well, I generally try to use a more pastoral…

Maranatha!

I know pastors who feel compelled to address nearly every mass shooting or terrorist attack that explodes in the news. I understand. I also understand that if I were to do the same I might never get a chance to talk about anything else. However, the most recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas has…

True Colors

I read something once that described young people as “cut flowers.” It was a metaphor reminding the reader that young people eventually grow older, wilt, and die just like everything else. They may look fresh and beautiful for the moment – but just wait! However, I prefer to think of getting older as the process…

Syncing Up

Sometime this week, I hope to watch our own Jim Vandenburg spend some time working with his son’s horse. Apparently, Jim really has a way with horses, which is why this horse came all the way from Montana for training. One of the things Jim explained to me about training horses is that horses are…

Thriving in Babylon

This weekend, we’ll begin a study of the book of Daniel called “Thriving in Babylon.” In this amazing book, we see how Daniel and his three friends (whose Hebrew names were changed to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) learned to live faithfully and victoriously in a hostile culture. Daniel and his friends watched as their nation…

To Do

For the past few weeks, we’ve been exploring the theme of “Building Community.” But it’s one thing to think about community and quite another to practice it. So, here is your community “to do” list: 1. Understand how important it is for YOU to be connected to other people of faith, despite the problems that…

LIGHT Work

This past Sunday afternoon, nearly 40 people helped move 166 beds from the former Midwest Academy to the church gymnasium. Prior to that, a smaller crew had spent 3 days dismantling the beds. Moving the beds to church to be cleaned and repaired (most are in excellent condition) was the first step in a program…