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The Last Word

A few weeks ago I saw the movie “Interstellar” starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. It’s a movie in which science is front and center. In fact, the director made sure the science behind black holes and space travel was as accurate as possible. But there was another overarching theme that really stole the show: love. At one point Anne Hathaway’s character,…

The Last Word

Right after my first Christmas in Keokuk, I took a week of vacation and our Administrative Pastor, Cathie Courtois, filled the pulpit. The scripture reading that week was the story of the slaughter of the innocents (Matthew 2:13-23). It’s the story of how King Herod, having heard from the wise men about a newborn king, had all of the baby boys two…

Why we sing…

I’m not sure if you ever wonder, but if you do wonder why we sing in church, one answer is that it’s good for us. I don’t see God as one who sits on a throne waiting to be praised, though I do see God as one who deserves to be thanked and praised. I spoke last week, in part, about how…

The Last Word

A word I don’t hear very often anymore is “milquetoast,” which is an adjective that means timid or weak. It entered the American vocabulary because of a 1930’s cartoon character named “Casper Milquetoast.” People may not use the word anymore, but the idea is still out there and is often applied to those who call themselves Christian. I have always believed disciples…

The Benefits of Encouragement

Encouragement plays a vital role in the growth and development of a child. Children who grow up with consistent encouragement thrive; those who grow up with constant criticism shrivel. We never grow too old to need encouraging words. Ephesians 4:29 says: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according…

The Last Word

One Halloween, when my kids were little, we made the rounds on beggar’s night and then sat down on our front steps to help pass out candy. A few minutes later we saw death coming up the street. Actually, what we saw was a little boy and his father, both dressed up like the grim reaper. The little boy with his plastic…

On A Mission For Jesus

As I sat down to log in to Charity Tracker, I said aloud, “Let’s be On A Mission For Jesus for a while!” What I meant was that I was going to set aside the next hour or so working towards this program that is so important for our community. Then the small voice inside said, “Oh for more hands, more time,…

The Last Word

It’s beginning to look a lot like fall in southeast Iowa – and it’s beautiful! Bright yellow, reds and oranges are appearing everywhere. But did you know those beautiful colors have been there all along? When fall comes and the chlorophyll stops circulating, the actual colors of the leaves become visible. Sometimes when a person does something good or bad it is…

Why It Matters…

When my wife and I were youth pastors in Texas we took a mission trip to work in the heart of the city of Houston. Our mission group leader was a great guy, with one quirky catchphrase. He would always tell us to really pay attention in the interactions we have throughout the day with all those we encounter because we may…

The Last Word

During my children’s moment with the kids in Starting Point on Sunday morning, I asked them how many superheroes they could name. They came up with the ones you might expect, like Superman and Batman. But then one little girl said, “Robin!” I had to stop for a second. She was right. Robin was Batman’s sidekick, but he was a superhero in…