Christmas Train

Christmas Train

The gloomy December sky hung low as the prairie waited in anticipation for the first snowfall. Morning recess was normally exciting at this one-room school, but today it was too cold to swing or play marbles or tag, and there wasn’t snow yet to make snow angels or...
Give Thanks for 2020. WHAT?!

Give Thanks for 2020. WHAT?!

Just over a week ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving. To be truthful, I have enjoyed Thanksgivings as much if not a little more than Christmases over the years. The great food, smells, sounds and family interaction make it a stand out holiday for me. Cold turkey...
What If I Disagree with the Pastor?

What If I Disagree with the Pastor?

Have you ever silently argued with the pastor’s sermon while sitting among the smiling congregation? Have you gritted your teeth or rolled your eyes? Have you looked up the verse you believe contradicts the pastor’s point and silently showed it to your spouse? I’m...
THIS MOMENT IN TIME

THIS MOMENT IN TIME

I sat down to write a blog and realized I had nothing to say. It felt odd.  Typically, I would be bursting with ideas and my dilemma would be which one to choose.  Once I commit, the words flow easily. But today felt … different.  Oh sure, I could...
Live Like You Are Dying

Live Like You Are Dying

I had a near-death experience 43 years ago at the age of 27 that has helped form my approach to life and ministry. I dedicated my life to Jesus just 2½ years earlier and acknowledged and began fulfilling the call of God upon my life to be a pastor earlier that same...
The President

The President

The leaves had fallen, the days were growing shorter, and the temperatures began to fall. I was in third grade, and Mrs. Dunlap, the teacher of my one-room school was already working on plans for the Christmas program that would mark the beginning of Christmas...
The Secrets of Deep Relationships

The Secrets of Deep Relationships

I have found that being authentic is important as we engage people in relationships. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we all have been introduced to the world of mask-wearing. I do my best to comply, but I certainly don’t like it. I mean, we don’t get to see someone’s...
Wait for It

Wait for It

What is it about waiting that goes against the grain for us mere mortals?  Do any of us really enjoy waiting?  Not likely.  We moan and groan at the long lines in Walmart, a doctor who is behind schedule, delayed test results, a long storyteller, or a...
Silly Questions

Silly Questions

Silly questions are the ones where the answer already seems obvious. Silly questions you could ask of me would be: “The kids want to come over, is that OK?”“Do you want to go to church this morning?”“Hey, Steve, do you enjoy being a grandfather and great grandfather?”...
Empty Saddles

Empty Saddles

Mom had just finished squeezing the juice from the chokecherries, the paraffin wax was melting in the double boiler, and the jars were ready for the syrup and jellies that would grace our table through the winter. She looked out the kitchen window and saw my horse...
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