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Posts by David Turner

Perfect Storm

The snow just keeps coming! As I write this, we are expecting another big snowstorm on Tuesday night. My wife, Tammy, who has been teaching in the Midwest for many years, doesn’t remember a winter as bad as this one in terms of school cancelations. Unfortunately, many of the snowstorms we have had over the…

Hand Crafted

My parents recognized early on they needed to handle each of their children in very different ways. For me, one of the worst punishments was being sent to my room by myself. My sister, on the other hand, was a different story. As an introvert, the best discipline for her was to make her sit…

Wise Investing

While the Super Bowl was being broadcast on Sunday evening, I was driving to Louisville, Kentucky for a meeting with other recipients of the Louisville Institute grant for pastoral study projects. My project won’t happen until next year around this time, but this is a required part of the process laid out by the Lilly…

Eyes on the Prize

Years ago, in the Soviet Union, the Communist party tried to eradicate religious belief – with no success. If they’d paid attention to history, they would’ve known that persecution just makes the Church stronger. Their other mistake was that they severely underestimated the faith of their own people, especially the babushkas (or grandmothers). One Sunday…

Jesus People

I recently heard a story about a church that was looking for a new pastor. The leaders of the church sat down with their regional minister and she asked them what they wanted in their new pastor. “Someone who can attract young families,” they all agreed. The regional minister asked, “What is it about your…

Preachers Gone Wild

Greetings from sunny Florida! Yesterday, it was nearly as warm in Iowa as it was in Daytona Beach. I’m guessing that won’t last for long! Today I’ll be seeing colleagues from all across the United States who are engaged in ministry very similar to ours at First Christian Church in Keokuk. For many years now,…

A Parable of the Incarnation

Soren Kierkegaard once wrote a parable about a prince who wanted to find a bride. One day while the prince was traveling through a local village, his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant girl. He wanted desperately to meet her and possibly marry her, but he didn’t know how to go about it. He could…

Coming Soon!

When I was a kid, it seemed like Christmas would never arrive. Nowadays, as soon as the calendar flips to December, I feel the panic beginning to set in. Christmas is coming and there’s still lots to do! It’s like the story about the woman who was finishing up her Christmas to-do list when she…

Baby Jesus

When it comes to Christmas, I think a lot of folks are like Ricky Bobby in the movie Talladega Nights, the dim-witted racecar driver who always prays to the baby Jesus. When he bows in prayer with his family, he prays: “Lord Baby Jesus, watching your Baby Einstein videos, still learning your colors and shapes……

Christmas Decorations

I’ve always had mixed emotions around this time of year. I love Christmas lights and decorations, just as long as someone else is responsible for putting them up and taking them down. I’m not a huge fan of all that work, but I also understand that celebrating the incarnation of God in Jesus requires preparation…