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The Last Word (Page 3)

Acts of God

It’s interesting to me how things like wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes are often called “Acts of God.” I think it would be more accurate to describe things like that as “acts of nature.” Why I have a problem attributing these natural occurrences to God is that, while they may be powerful, they are powerful in…

Post Traumatic Growth

In the past few decades, psychologists have identified a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that often afflicts survivors of violent crimes, natural disasters or war. Even severe illnesses or other major life events can lead to the kinds of symptoms associated with PTSD. Now researchers are talking about something else they’ve discovered called “post…

Grace-full

In Phillip Yancey’s book, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” he tells a story about a conference that was held sometime after World War 2 on comparative religions. Experts from around the world debated what belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. For instance, what about incarnation – the idea of God…

Mom’s Favorite

For a long time, the church has operated under the assumption that, “if you build it they will come,” just like the quote from the great Iowa movie, “Field of Dreams.” But that isn’t how Jesus and the disciples did ministry. They went out into the world. They found lost and hurting people and shared…

Digging in the Dirt

I once heard someone say that if a seed doesn’t grow – it’s probably not the seed’s fault. Farmers have known for eons that it’s important to take care of the soil. In more recent times, lawn companies will come to your property, take a soil sample, and tell you exactly what you need to…

Deferred Maintenance

Remember Aesop’s fable about the race of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise didn’t seem to stand a chance in a head to head competition against the speedy rabbit. Even so, the slow and steady turtle won the race. The past several weeks, Tammy and I have been working in our yard – trying…

He Goes Before You

Once again, Easter Sunday has come and gone. Today, our staff will review our services and special events and make notes for next year. One reason for celebration is that we had 773 people attend our Easter services – up 23 from 2016. The question for us now is, “What’s next?” Here’s a hint from…

He Arose Victorious!

I have a friend who was the pastor of a Disciple’s church in a small town here in Iowa that had a unique community Easter sunrise tradition. Of course, lots of communities hold ecumenical Easter sunrise services. What made this one unusual was where it was held: the town cemetery – the very place where…

Catch that Train!

Once again, Palm Sunday and Holy Week are fast approaching. Once again, we remember Jesus’ final trip to Jerusalem and the world changing events that happened as a result. On Palm Sunday, we remember how the rightful king, not only of Israel, but of all creation, rode into town with all the powers and principalities…

Looking Ahead

Five years ago today, during my first week as your senior pastor, I celebrated my 50th birthday. It was an exciting time and I was happy to be finally beginning my ministry with you. I’ve found that birthdays are a great chance to reflect on the past. Facebook friends from every stage of my 55…