We Are the Church

When I think about Myra, I think of her as an incredibly dear friend, and a phenomenal dose of what “church” is at its best. Let me tell you about Myra. First of all, I’m ever so grateful for Myra and her family. I don’t want to “outshine” their grief or special relationship to her […]

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Ebola Terror

Halloween’s pretend scares are meeting some very real terror in the awareness of the spread and tragedy of the ebola virus. Reading the news of ebola becoming an ever-more real threat is sufficient cause for all of us to wonder about diseases, the nature of fear, and a renewed appreciation for health care workers. The […]

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Beliefs… Revised

Is it possible to correct someone’s beliefs? Is it even desirable or “right” to attempt to do so? It’s certainly not a popular concept. Early in my years as a hospice chaplain, I met a kind, welcoming woman who summed up her beliefs by saying, “God’s in his heaven, and all’s right with the world.” […]

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Getting my Mind Around Miracles

Getting my mind around miracles A blog may be a dangerous place to do some thinking out loud, but I can play with danger occasionally. I’ve had several “minds” about miracles in the context of ministry in health care settings for 2 dozen years. One of those minds is that yes, miracles happen. I’ve heard […]

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Processional

I’m one of the liturgical nuts who gets chills on my spine when I have the opportunity to be in a large cathedral, where the procession is a big, grand affair, and the pomp and circumstance of things conspire to remind us of the big, majestic, holy God we worship. I like processions, from parades […]

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Good News Shoes

I’m quite sure my spouse will roll his eyes several times over if someone asks us to compare the numbers of pairs of shoes he has versus the numbers of shoes I have. It’s the cultural expectation, after all… gotta have blue dress shoes for a blue skirt or dress, black for black, and summer […]

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Freedom, Faith, And The American Flag

There’s a Dutch flag hanging in the front of our home this week! It’s the start of the high, holy days of Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. Additionally fueling our Dutch pride this past week, April 30 was a momentousness Queen’s Day in the Netherlands (that’s the Homeland for you non-Dutch folks).  My grandmother, an immigrant from […]

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