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REV’S REFLECTIONS: LET’S GET UNCOMFORTABLE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: LET’S GET UNCOMFORTABLE

Jodi Picoult’s novel, Small Great Things, is about race. Picoult confesses, “I didn’t write this novel because I thought it would be fun or easy.  I wrote it because I believed it was the right thing to do, and because the things that make us most uncomfortable…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: BRIDGING THE GAP

REV’S REFLECTIONS: BRIDGING THE GAP

We walked into the arena, immediately stepped-up to a ticket salesperson and bought two tickets for the game. There was no waiting in line and there was no assigned seating. There were plenty of good seats available.  The game was exciting; it went into overtime. The crowd was…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: REV’S OUT

REV’S REFLECTIONS: REV’S OUT

One of my goals for 2016 was: Develop a retirement/succession plan that will benefit Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church and honor my family. I worked on that goal through prayer, reading, reflection and in conversations with Becky and others. We reached a conclusion late in 2016 that…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: IDENTITY CRISIS

REV’S REFLECTIONS: IDENTITY CRISIS

I have written previously that I am a goal setter.  I have a “to do” list for every week and day.  My “to do” list is a strategy to accomplish goals I have set for the year.  For the past couple of years I have adopted a philosophy about goals that a…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: BUT IT’S FREE!

REV’S REFLECTIONS: BUT IT’S FREE!

It was one of the coldest days that Chicago has experienced this winter; single-digit temperatures with strong winds.  But the weather didn’t keep people from waiting in a long line for tickets. They were there for hours before the doors would open and within minutes they were…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: THE BLACKHAWKS AND CHANGE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: THE BLACKHAWKS AND CHANGE

"I knew I wasn't going to play forever, and I accepted it," Ben Eager said. "It's nice to have a little break from the game, but suddenly you're not around the guys and you don't have the same routine and schedule. No nice planes and buses.” Playing hockey was…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: SIMPLY COMPLEX

REV’S REFLECTIONS: SIMPLY COMPLEX

Four nights in a row! Our preschool ministry had a presentation of the Christmas story for each of their four sessions. I attended each presentation and spoke briefly to parents and grandparents at the end of the program. The story was presented in song and the traditional characters…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: SAD REALITY

REV’S REFLECTIONS: SAD REALITY

I recently heard an interview with movie director, Kenneth Lonergan, by host Terry Gross on her program Fresh Air.  Lonergan is the director of a recently released movie, Manchester by the Sea. During the interview, Gross pointed out the powerful use of music in the background of the…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: CUPCAKES CRUMBLE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: CUPCAKES CRUMBLE

Following the recent presidential election, a local college had a rally on campus to “offer words of encouragement to all, light candles of peace and speak of unity.” Apparently the results of the election caused a big divide on campus. At a gathering of campus Democrats, they…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

REV’S REFLECTIONS: TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

One of the important factors in success when it comes to any athletic endeavor is muscle memory. Regardless of the sport, practicing whatever is required over and over again trains your muscles to react to the situation without having to think. Hitting a baseball thrown at 90+ miles…   Read More »

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