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The #1 Rule of Public Speaking…and Thanksgiving

The #1 Rule of Public Speaking…and Thanksgiving

Jerry Seinfeld once noted that if the number one self-professed fear of Americans is public speaking, then people at a funeral would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy. What is it about standing in front of a crowd that strikes such terror within us? As a person who…   Read More »

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

There are two phrases being highlighted this month in Sunday worship and in our staff blog, “Please” and “Thank you.”  Andy Pasek, our fearless leader of Student Ministries and newly minted Calvin Seminary Divinity student, is the writer for the week. Thanks to…   Read More »

Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

The character Ron Swanson, a paragon of Midwestern values, delighted NBC’s Parks and Recreation viewers for seven years. One of Ron Swanson’s values was his commitment to truth-telling. In one episode Ron says that the things he finds most intolerable are “lying and skim…   Read More »

Three Letters Say A Lot

Three Letters Say A Lot

Three letters can convey a vast amount of information: USA. FBI. JFK. Each of these short acronyms is significant to Americans. I’d like to share with you a less widely known, but even more significant set of three letters: SDG. No, this doesn’t stand for “Students Doing…   Read More »

Old School Reform School

Old School Reform School

The “Great Reformation” of 500 years ago didn’t get started simply as a cultural movement. The Reformation caught fire with a particular personal transformation that acted as a catalyst for social forces already in the air. Martin Luther was an anxious man. He was…   Read More »

My Re-formation Story

My Re-formation Story

God is working to “reform” every square inch of creation. The “Reformation” is not just a major cultural happening that took place 500 years ago, it’s an ongoing reality. Last week, I wrote about part of my own personal spiritual re-formation. This week, our…   Read More »

Reform School 1: The Co-missioned Pastor (aka The Power of a Hyphen)

Reform School 1: The Co-missioned Pastor (aka The Power of a Hyphen)

I was co-missioned (notice the hyphen) and commissioned to the role of Lead Pastor of Elmhurst CRC on Sunday, September 24th. It’s a day that will shine bright in my memory! I was born into this world as an especially attention-seeking human. As the youngest of five siblings, I…   Read More »

East Side Story: Redux

East Side Story: Redux

Two weeks ago I wrote how the vision of some business people ten years ago made it possible for Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church to have a much needed parking lot in 2017. This week, I’m talking a bit about some shorter-term vision, but still about the parking lot. If you were in…   Read More »

The Door of Hospitality

The Door of Hospitality

This fall, several Elmhurst CRC staff members will be writing about new beginnings happening around church. This week, Lisa Capozzoli continues telling our “East Side Story” through various doorways of hospitality that ought to remain open. -  Pastor Gregg Our church…   Read More »

East Side Story - A Testament to Vision

East Side Story - A Testament to Vision

Over the next few weeks, several Elmhurst CRC staff members will be writing in this blog about  new beginnings happening around church this fall. First up, our Executive Director of Operations, Jack Lanenga, tells our community’s “East Side Story...” Pastor Gregg It…   Read More »

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