One Day on the Mount

Do not worry. I get it. You’re trying to be gentle and reassuring and I appreciate that. I do. But you realize I have anxiety/depression, right? Runs in the family. Fairly mild, and I’m managing it in all the proper…
July 21, 2018

Stumbling into Awe

This past week I co-led another Prairie Serve, an event that brings high school students from the U.S. and Canada to Sioux City, Iowa to see how God is at work. We partner with Siouxland Unity Church, a Lao community…
July 20, 2018

Let’s Stop Calling It Christianity

Let’s Just Stop Calling It Christianity by Scott Culpepper I experimented with chemistry in junior high. Not so much in the classroom as in the lunchroom. We did engage in a little curricular chemistry in class, though not nearly as…
July 19, 2018


The light turns green. I step into the crosswalk at River Avenue and 16th Street in downtown Holland, Michigan and as I do, a strange and slow collision between a van and a bicycle happens right in front of me.…
July 18, 2018

God Counts by Ones

We saw it a few years back.   There was a major refugee crisis.  We knew many thousands were fleeing violence and poverty and trying to come to Europe, often taking treacherous sea crossings in shabby "boats" to do so.   We…
July 17, 2018

Leadership and Listening

Leadership and Listening by Jill Ver Steeg Leadership begins with listening.  This might come as a surprise to many since “leadership” is usually envisioned as the would-be leader talking a lot, casting a vision, summoning people to “Follow me!”   But…
July 15, 2018

Faith’s Shifting Landscape

Conversations on Spiritual Deconstruction and the Shifting Landscape of Faith by Allison Vander Broek I’ve been doing a lot of listening this last year, spending a significant portion of my time listening to other people talk about their changing views…
July 14, 2018

Robert D. Ray, 1928-2018

It may well have been one of the best marketing ploys I'd ever come up with--get former Iowa Governor Robert Ray to come out west to Sioux City for a book rollout, a collection of stories about Tai Dam people,…
July 13, 2018

Small Steps at Great Cost

In the seemingly endless parade of things to watch, I want to recommend a recent addition to Netflix: “Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits.” Originally aired on BBC2 this past spring as “Secret Agent Selection,” the 5-part series is a…
July 11, 2018