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Trusted Words

Trusted Words

Public speaking is the leading phobia of North Americans. Surveys reveal that giving a speech is three times more fear-inducing than encounters with ghosts, zombies, or creepy clowns. I readily admit that Sundays make me a little edgy because of my speaking responsibilities. When it…   Read More »

Welcome “Hone”

Welcome “Hone”

This first Monday after Thanksgiving was a snow day for schools in Chicagoland. There are few things as happy as waking up in the morning to the news that all your responsibilities and homework have been wiped out for the day. It’s as if the whole Creation exhales in a big sigh of…   Read More »

Coming and Going

Coming and Going

This month we’ll be saying goodbye to Jack Lanenga who, after serving as Elmhurt Christian Reformed Church's (ECRC) Executive Director for the last seven years is retiring to a new mode of being at church: Full-time servant leader and Grandpa extraordinaire. When Jack announced…   Read More »

Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving Time

I’m convinced that the most precious resource on the planet is the resource of time. Offer a dying person a pile of money, or a luxury yacht, or another year of time, and I guarantee they will choose the gift of time, every time! Time is the most fairly distributed and egalitarian…   Read More »

Season of Gratitude

Season of Gratitude

November is a month marked by many things: daylight savings time, college football, pumpkin spice, no-shave experiments and - of course - the Thanksgiving holiday. At Elmhurst CRC we want to lean into the practice of giving thanks to God this November. We are taking Thanksgiving a step…   Read More »

The Roadmap

Hey Folks, this week’s blog comes in a video format and offers an introduction to the fine work of the Elmhurst CRC’s Ten Talent Team which is rooted in making the most of a grateful response to God’s goodness toward us.   Interested in learning more? Here's…   Read More »

Queen for the Day

Queen for the Day

Earlier this week, when my colleagues teased me about being the “highest ranking”* staff person in the office, I took full advantage. By full advantage, I mean: I joked about my newfound power on Facebook and gladly wore the faux crown, scepter, AND sword that Kara Hackert…   Read More »

In the Flow, Part II

In the Flow, Part II

Last week I wrote about being “in the flow” of the Holy Spirit while drawing a comparison to a kayak carried downstream the power of a strong, pre-existing current. This week, I’d like to share a song on the same topic. I wrote it a couple of years ago while contemplating…   Read More »

In the Flow

In the Flow

I spent last weekend floating away on a spiritual high. This may sound a little sketchy, but my particular state of bliss was achieved through fresh air, clean water, a kayak, and the presence of two of my brothers-in-law! Each fall, I take part in a three day “guys trip” in…   Read More »

Incompatible Truths

Incompatible Truths

On Thursday, I listened on the radio to as much of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings as I could. I’m morbidly fascinated by this moment in American history. Disclaimer: This is going to be about politics for a minute, but I’m going to try to avoid getting political! As I…   Read More »

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