Table Training for Deliberative Democracy

Table Training for Deliberative Democracy

During the 1960s, I was blessed to be part of family gatherings around the large Victorian dinner table on my grandparents’ dairy farm, documented by one of my cousins with the latest, greatest Polaroid camera. At the time, I did not realize I was being schooled in...

Our Cultural Moment–Escape or Engage?

Our Cultural Moment–Escape or Engage?

Like many people of faith, you may feel disillusioned with government and politics and the tone of the rhetoric in election campaigns. In addition, the fear, pain, and disruption of Covid-19 to our entire world has made 2020 a year to remember or one you may prefer to...

Marriage Is Not Just About Us

Marriage Is Not Just About Us

On this day forty-eight years ago, Cheryl and I stood in front of family and friends and spoke marriage vows to one another. These vows included the words, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, and for richer or poorer. The negative components seemed...

Choose Joy

Choose Joy

  Philippians 4:4-9 (ESV) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!   Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your...

No Small Storm

No Small Storm

“No small storm was assailing us.” --Acts 27:20 Here we are in the middle of 2020 with "no small storm assailing us." In fact, we recognize multiple storms assailing us along with the fear and anxiety they bring. The entire March issue of Tabletalk magazine, an...

Understanding Your Child’s Sense of Loss

Understanding Your Child’s Sense of Loss

When you think your children are giving you a hard time, they may be having a hard time! Stan and I recently participated in a discussion panel for parents of school-aged children. The panel addressed what is foremost on everyone's mind right now--managing all of the...

Religious Freedom Day January 16, 2020

Religious Freedom Day January 16, 2020

  "The liberty enjoyed by the people of these States, of worshipping Almighty God agreeably to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights." --George Washington Welcome to Religious Freedom Day, 2020!  The...

Looking Forward to the Future by Reflecting on the Past

Looking Forward to the Future by Reflecting on the Past

Looking back in our post archives, I came across one from January 5, 2016 with encouraging words from Charles Spurgeon. Four years ago, these words came to us at a time we needed to be reminded of them and they are certainly applicable today. We have all been greeted...