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Decency and Good Order

Decency and Good Order

“Let all things be done in decency and in good order.” So says St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthian Church—a church that tended toward the indecent and the chaotic. Paul wrote them multiple letters to love, counsel, cajole, and even browbeat them back onto the…   Read More »

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton

Passing the baton is a mandatory part of a successful relay race in track and field. In the musical world, however, passing the baton is an action rarely seen. It’s difficult for someone regularly referred to as “Maestro” (with a master/guru-whatever-sized ego to…   Read More »

The Runner’s Baton

The Runner’s Baton

It’s a seemingly simple act: handing off a foot-long cylinder of tubular metal to another person. What could go wrong? We pass things to each other every day. Here’s a spoon. Pass the ketchup, please. Can you hand over the mail? These exchanges rarely go amiss. However,…   Read More »

The Conductor’s Baton

The Conductor’s Baton

I grew up with a great love for playing music. As a result, I sat through my fair share of band and orchestra rehearsals as a kid. If I could sum up the cardinal rule of musical teaching from my boyhood conductors, it would be with these simple words: “Watch the baton.”…   Read More »

Some Pain in Spain

Some Pain in Spain

Three weeks ago, my family and I traveled to Spain. The highlight was—by far—meeting up with our daughter who had been living and studying there since the beginning of the year. There were some other awesome things about this trip, too. We enjoyed great cuisine, culture, hikes,…   Read More »

Our Stories

Our Stories

For the next few weeks, I’ll be continuing our pastoral tradition of sharing some spiritual reflection on daily life. Things will get quiet in July, but this fall we’ll launch a new Elmhurst CRC church blog—with some new twists!  Earlier this week I was invited to a…   Read More »

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