Doctor Beardslee, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Appreciate the Synod

I include the above picture for those for whom my Kubrik reference in the title was too subtle. So, the first full day of Synod has come and gone, and we have had the reports of the General Secretary and the President (http://images.rca.org/docs/synod/Synod2015-GenSecReport.pdf and http://images.rca.org/docs/synod/Synod2015-PresidentReport.pdf, respectively), and we have a proposal before us to “clarify”—the…

Earth Day at 45 years old

Today is Earth Day. Originally observed in 1970, Earth Day marked the beginnings of the Environmental movement in America. Some really good things came from the original Earth Day. As awareness was raised, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, passages of the Clean Air Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species…

Hide & Seek

We bought my in-law’s house over the summer, and unexpectedly, one of my favorite places in our new home is my bedroom closet. It makes for a wonderful hiding spot, not just for a game of Hide and Seek with my three little boys, but also for their weary mom. One recent Sunday afternoon I…

Christ arose… so now what…?

Christ arose… so now what? The blaring organ processional of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” has finally stopped ringing in your ears. The last scraps of Easter ham have been tucked away into sandwiches, and the dog finally found that last Easter egg out in the lawn… and did you the courtesy of trampling…