Tag Archives: faith

Be A Beacon of Hope

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  I am holding you all in my prayers. As clergy and faith leaders in our communities, you are called to an incredible responsibility. There are days and weeks when that responsibility also carries with it great … Continue reading

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Deconstruct or construct?

It was torn down in less than four hours. The nearly brand-new home on the corner where River Road weaves its way towards the booming metropolis that is Freeport, just outside of town, the house that took contractors seemingly forever … Continue reading

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Fear – what will I learn?

Last week I had the opportunity to travel with a delegation of members from Plymouth UCC-Des Moines to visit Ebenezer Baptist Church in Havana, Cuba for eight days. The purpose of the trip was to continue to grow and to … Continue reading

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God cares

It has been a crazy week in politics. And you were probably hoping for, or even expecting, an article here that would finally be a break from all the political talk. I have heard in many circles, from many sources, … Continue reading

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Sharing Burdens Amid Disasters

One of the (many!) things I love about the United Church of Christ is how seriously we take the admonition of Christ that we should love one another. We express our faith by loving our neighbors as if they were … Continue reading

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Church…State???

Earlier this summer I had occasion to be driving from the UP of Michigan back to Iowa. I stopped for lunch in Appleton and ordered a burger at a local Culvers.  As I was eating I looked out the window … Continue reading

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And it never gets old

In the Bleak Midwinter In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone…… What can I give (Christ), Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; … Continue reading

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Pray and Act

It’s too much. Everything is just plain too much today. Among the Conference staff we take turns writing the blog posts to accompany each week’s eNews. It’s my turn and I have so much to say, but I don’t have … Continue reading

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Christmas 2013

“…the Word became flesh…” John 1:14 Frederick Buechner tells of being asked for a “self-authenticating religious experience.”  I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry as he recounts his mind racing… “There are the things I have already mentioned – … Continue reading

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Attitude

Faith is not just a theological principle; it is a mental and emotional muscle. It is an aspect of consciousness, a function of the mind. With every attitude we demonstrate faith – either faith in what can go wrong or … Continue reading

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