A Chorus of Gratitude

Jes Kast Uncategorized 6 Comments

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;     before the “gods” I will sing your praise. – Psalm 138:1   My mother is famous for writing thank you notes. Famous in the way that when you are in community with people who love you there are things that are known about you that the community goes to for example in how to …

Preaching in Public

Scott Hoezee Uncategorized 10 Comments

Chewed up, spit up, barfed out.   Not a few preachers would tell you this is how it feels sometimes after preaching a sermon (and most particularly after enduring various comments at the church door afterwards).  Not every week.  I hope not.   But now and then . . .    This is something preachers know well, which is why I was immediately …

“Right is more precious than Peace”

Rebecca Koerselman Uncategorized 0 Comments

What is the best way to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces? Is it showing respect for our flag? Our national anthem? Or by providing better healthcare and support for our veterans? Or, is the best way to honor our veterans to be more choosy in the ways that we use them? …

Choose This Day…or some day in the future

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Proper 27 23rd Sunday after Pentecost Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 by Justin Meyers One day, not long ago, I was driving home from visiting the Hindu temple in Oman (a Muslim majority nation) with my two school-aged sons. The back seat was unusually quiet when my oldest son, age 10 at the time, piped up, “Dad are we Christian because you …

The Remembering Present

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Flash-backs falsify the Past: they forget the remembering Present. ––W. H. Auden, from “I Am Not a Camera” by Steven Rodriguez Can you imagine what it would be like if we had documentary footage of the crucifixion? (I know this is a ridiculous thought, but let’s entertain it for just a moment.) If we had a home video of Christ’s …

“Over There”

James Schaap Uncategorized 5 Comments

Johnnie, get your gun Get your gun, get your gun Take it on the run On the run, on the run Hear them calling, you and me Every son of liberty Hurry right away No delay, go today Make your daddy glad To have had such a lad Tell your sweetheart not to pine To be proud her boy’s in …

Another Way

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by Kate Kooyman I put my foot in my mouth this week. While catching up with a friend who is the middle of a significantly painful time of loss and change, I made the glib statement, “Well, God must really be trying to teach you something.” Her response was as gracious as it was honest. “You know? I reject that,” …

Guests or Squatters

Jennifer L. Holberg Uncategorized 3 Comments

O Lord, you know I have no friend like you. If Heaven’s not my home, then Lord what will I do? The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. –“This World Is Not My Home” It’s been an interesting summer and fall for me. I sold my house in July, …

The Ripples of War

Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Uncategorized 9 Comments

Leon Mathonnet died on October 2, 1914, killed in battle at Monchy-le-Preux, France. He was the great-grandfather of my wife, Sophie. One year from now we will commemorate the centennial of the armistice that ended of World War I, November 11, 1918—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Of course, the United States did not enter …

Through Our Tears

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By Brian Keepers The line of people spills out the front entrance and wraps around the church. People shuffle back a forth in place, hands in pockets and talking quietly, trying to keep warm as they wait to see the family. He was only eighteen years old. Died tragically in a truck accident near Phillipsburg, Kansas while going to either …