Hall of Fame Dads

Robert Lewis, in his book Real Family Values, tells about an interesting discovery workers made at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ohio, in the winter of 1993. While renovating a section of the museum they found a photo hidden...

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Remembering D-Day

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of one of the deadliest battles, and biggest seaborne invasions, in history. Our former pastor, Dr. Carver McGriff, was an infantryman in the invasion and was shot and captured. He leads tours to France and...

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The Door of Reconciliation

This is the door of reconciliation in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. At the time Christopher Columbus was sailing for America, two warring factions were locked in battle in Ireland. One group was forced to retreat to the cathedral were they...

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Happy Aldersgate Day!

Did you realize today is Aldersgate Day? Do you know what Aldersgate Day is? If not, don't feel bad, most Methodists probably can't say exactly what it is. May 24, 1738 is the day John Wesley experienced a spiritual transformation that led to...

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It's not very often I get to wish my wife, Susan, a happy birthday in my Friday email! Susan turns...well, maybe just wish her a happy birthday today!   We have had quite a bit of celebrating lately. Someone else in our family had a...

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Cold Grits

You can tell with a title like that, this is going to have something to do with the south! A southerner was once asked to describe what his mother meant to him. Without hesitation he said, "That's easy. Cold grits!" The questioner said, "You must...

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Remembering Two Heroes

I was still taking pictures with the last confirmation group after worship Sunday when I received news that retired Senator Richard Lugar had died. Dick Lugar is an Indiana icon and for good reason. His work as mayor created the renowned Uni-Gov...

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Second Chances

Last Sunday I mentioned in the sermon how Peter left the empty tomb trying to figure things out but not yet believing Christ is risen. That happened back in Galilee. As Peter stayed with other disciples, he had his experience of fishing all night...

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Good Friday and...

Before sharing today's devotion, let me ask you about Sunday. Who have you invited to join you in worship? This is such a meaningful time to invite guests. So many in our world yearn for what the church can be and get turned off by what it...

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Palms to Ashes to Palms Again

You might not realize it, but if you attended Ash Wednesday services then you started the season of Lent with palm branches. The ashes come from the burned palm fronds waved on Palm Sunday. Lent begins and ends with palm branches.   John...

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