Getting Older

Dear Church, A few weeks ago I met with a couple in my office. They aren’t members of our church, but through a series of circumstances, they have come to call me their surrogate pastor. They are in their middle 80’s and live in...

The Holy Mess of Worship

Dear Church, I thought he died in church. Seriously. And I’m sorry to sound crass, but last Sunday morning I thought Dr. Don died right smack dab in the middle of the service just as I was reciting a portion of Matthew 27. A few heads turned, then more....

Happy Birthday, First Church

Dear Church, This past week we celebrated the 169th birthday of the First Reformed Church in South Holland, IL. The plaque outside the Heritage Room marks August 11, 1848 as the birthday of our body of Christ. The plaque reads “All for the...

Fresh Buzzies

Dear Church, I grew up having a buzz cut. I vividly remember sitting in the high top chair with a towel around my shoulders as my Mom would give me “the buzzies.” I had a buzz cut all the way up until Junior High when I thought that it was a...

Choosing Today

Dear Church, After morning worship this past Sunday I noticed Don and Barbara Klein sitting by themselves in the wooden chairs along the south side of the Fellowship Hall. It was nearly 11:20am so almost everyone had already left the....