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REV’S REFLECTIONS: THE BOSS

REV’S REFLECTIONS: THE BOSS

College students introduced me to the music of Bruce Springsteen when I was a college chaplain. He became wildly popular in the mid to late 70’s. His concerts sold out early and often. He is known for high-energy performances where he and the E Street Band play for 2-3…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: WORLD WIDE COMMUNION AND ELSIE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: WORLD WIDE COMMUNION AND ELSIE

Periodically I write about the lessons of life that I learn from our granddaughter. Elsie is three years old now and stayed with us last weekend when her parents were out of town. I have a whole folder full of lessons she taught me about life last weekend, but this lesson coincided with…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: HOSTILE TERRITORY

REV’S REFLECTIONS: HOSTILE TERRITORY

A friend invited me to go to a University of Michigan football game with him. I hadn’t been to a game in Ann Arbor for 30 years. I was excited to go. My friend is a season ticket holder and attends almost every home game.He has friends who live within a few blocks of the…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: FEELING LEFT OUT

REV’S REFLECTIONS: FEELING LEFT OUT

It is one of my pet peeves about people.  But then I did it myself. I noticed a group of four young adults sitting in our worship service that I had never seen before: two women and two men. They were fully engaged in what we were doing, even during the message! Elmhurst College…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: KARDASHIANS AND JESUS

REV’S REFLECTIONS: KARDASHIANS AND JESUS

The Kardashians are famous for their reality television show, fashion statements, clothing lines, marriages and divorces, a family member who was a gold medal Olympian in 1976, the most famous transgender adult, and much more. Nearly every statement they utter, every appearance they…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: LABOR AND REST

REV’S REFLECTIONS: LABOR AND REST

Apparently this weekend will be a “three-day weekend.” I wouldn’t know because I don’t have weekends. It’s an occupational hazard.  This weekend is a national holiday, Labor Day. My sense is that few of us will even think about the reason Monday is a…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: ADD VALUE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: ADD VALUE

I am passionate about leadership. Leaders have a sacred trust. They are responsible for the vision and the health of an organization. They set the pace. They can build up an organization or they can lead to its demise. I believe that everything rises and falls on leadership. Every year…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: CELEBRATE!

REV’S REFLECTIONS: CELEBRATE!

Why can’t we just celebrate? Last weekend PGA golfer, Jim Furyk, shot a 58!  No professional golfer in history had ever shot a 58. Several, including Furyk, had shot 59. But never a 58. Not Jack Nicklaus, or Arnold Palmer, or Tiger Woods, or Jordan…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: GENERATION GAP

REV’S REFLECTIONS: GENERATION GAP

There were four generations present. Becky and I rented a cottage on Lake Michigan for the week. Our kids came. Our daughter came from Traverse City. Our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter came from Glenview. Becky’s mom was there for the week. My mom…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: REDEEMED EMBARASSMENT

REV’S REFLECTIONS: REDEEMED EMBARASSMENT

I was embarrassed, even though I hadn’t done anything that was really embarrassing. I had been asked to officiate a wedding of the son of church members in Oregon.  I had agreed to do the wedding almost a year in advance.  I put it in my calendar and didn’t think too…   Read More »

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