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Huddle Up

Huddle Up

If you visited an Orthodox Jewish Seminary, you might be surprised to find classes full of animated discussions as groups of students gather around a text from the Hebrew Scriptures and spiritedly converse about it. The Hebrew people call such discussion groups, haverims. A haverim is a…   Read More »

By George

By George

Every Sunday I’ve been able to count on talking to Mr. George Koldenhoven in the back of our sanctuary at Elmhurst CRC. George has not only been a steady presence, but has been the first person to arrive (after staff) for Sunday morning worship. He would motor over from Park Place in…   Read More »

RADIO

RADIO

I’ve loved the radio since I was little. When I was in kindergarten, my parents gave me an AM/FM receiver that looked like a box of animal crackers (small, rectangular, pink background with lots of animals on it for those not old enough to remember). As a young insomniac, I loved to…   Read More »

Prison Time

Prison Time

My daughter graduated from Calvin College this spring on a sweltering, late May Michigan day. I was grateful to enter an air-conditioned fieldhouse with about 3,000 other attendees after waiting (sweating!) in an outdoor line for the better part of an hour. Waiting is a big part of every…   Read More »

Waking Up

Waking Up

You’ve already done something this morning that you share in common with every other person you’ll meet today. Virtually everybody performs this action every single day. Young and old people do it. Women, men, kids, even babies… Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians;…   Read More »

The Stephen Ministry Way

The Stephen Ministry Way

Not long ago, a congregant emailed to ask which room a group met in. The congregant had invited someone new to the group and wanted to walk their guest in to make her more comfortable. To most people, this seems like a small act of kindness — simple hospitality, merely good manners.…   Read More »

Season Opener

Season Opener

Thursday night marked the beginning of the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL). The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers clashed in what turned out to be a low scoring defensive struggle. I watched most of the first half but confess that the lack of offense left me a…   Read More »

The Most Ironic Holiday

The Most Ironic Holiday

Labor Day has always struck me as the most ironic of holidays. Recognized by our Federal Government since 1894, Labor Days call upon the citizens of the United States to celebrate the dignity and value of hard work by joining together to NOT do any work at all!  This is all a bit…   Read More »

Taught and Caught

Taught and Caught

As school begins, we rightly focus on the lives of students and all the possibility and potential that this time of year calls forth. We hold up the high calling of teachers and administrators who work hard to shape and serve our young people. We regularly pray for all of them.  This…   Read More »

Everything Starts from Prayer

Everything Starts from Prayer

The new school year is upon us and all around are new classes and new routines. This is a season where wise folks commit all of these new-and-unknowns to God’s care through prayer. In the spirit of prayerful positive momentum, I’ve included below a few facts, quotes, and…   Read More »

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