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Energy Transfer

Energy Transfer

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about anger in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I concluded: “The words, ‘let your anger go’ are easy to type, but are so difficult to practice. A future post will consider some practical ways that could help us…   Read More »

Through Thick and Thin Places

Through Thick and Thin Places

*Before you read this week’s blog, please read the letter addressed to the congregation from our new Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Chair, Ken Vos, regarding the latest news from our Pastor Search Team. Gracias! (LETTER HERE) As I’ve been studying God’s covenants with his…   Read More »

A Shot of Anger

A Shot of Anger

It’s been almost 20 years since Columbine. I vividly remember the shock I felt on April 20, 1999 when I first heard about the school shooting spree at the high school in Littleton, Colorado that killed 13 people and wounded more than 20 others. After this week’s shooting in…   Read More »

Family Fasting and Feasting: The Details

Family Fasting and Feasting: The Details

Two weeks ago, Pastor Gregg asked me about the involvement of families and children in the fasting and feasting rhythm many of us have undertaken. As I began talking with families, one theme kept coming up.   “Fasting’s not easy!” they’d say.   Most…   Read More »

Feasting, Fellowship & Chick-Fil-A

Feasting, Fellowship & Chick-Fil-A

In less than twelve minutes, I watched as our students demolished 800+ Chick-Fil-A nuggets. The sight was beautiful to behold. Partly because it was amazing how fast the nuggets disappeared, but mostly because as the students ate, I could see how they engaged with each other, how community…   Read More »

A Good Man

A Good Man

In case you haven’t noticed: the news lately is full of bad men. I suppose it always is, but in the age of #metoo, it’s hard not to get the sense that every last man is up to no good. Because of this, because I know better, and because I’ve been fortunate to have so many…   Read More »

Grief: Feasting and Fasting

Grief: Feasting and Fasting

Four months ago, my four siblings and I planned a family feast weekend. Because we live in three different states, it takes significant planning and forethought for us gather in the same place at the same time. Little did we know that when we cleared this January weekend to get together,…   Read More »

I’M IN

I’M IN

Last week I shared an invitation to adopt a rhythm of Wednesday fasting and Sunday feasting. The response has been incredible. Those willing to share this spiritual practice now number in the hundreds! Many people joined in fasting from food this week. Quite a few families and young people…   Read More »

New Year’s Rhythms

New Year’s Rhythms

New Year's Resolutions Rhythms This is the time of year where many of us choose to buckle down and try out healthier ways of eating, exercising and living with those we love. These resolutions say something noble about where our best intentions lie. Our resolutions also say something…   Read More »

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Quite a few Elmhurst CRC Christmas traditions have grown near and dear to my heart, such as, hearing Luke 2 recited by the voices of children, singing the Hallelujah Chorus, and lighting candles at our Christmas Eve services. I also am aware that we started a number of newer experiences…   Read More »

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