Proud Pastor

Dear Church, We take liturgy pretty seriously at First Church, but my guess is that we rarely embrace the full depth of what liturgy is. Liturgy is not merely an order of service. It’s not just the run down from “Prelude” to “Postlude” and everything in...

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Dear Church, What’s the saying? “Out of the mouths of babes”? A few months ago I took Willem to visit Don and Myrna Eytcheson after their son Barry had passed away. After some time visiting, I asked Willem to pray. Here’s how it went…

The Dead Still Speak

Dear Church, I met Jim Lagestee six or seven years ago at a Chicagoland Prison Outreach banquet. I knew the name, but I had never met him. He was at a table next to mine. He had to be in his late 70’s with white hair and tan skin. He was slender and...

Bad News & Good News

Dear Church, I sat in the library at the Holland Home on Saturday afternoon. Vern and Marion Churchill, their nephew Dan, his wife Shirlee and another family member who I did not know were with me. I went there completely underdressed having come right from...

I'm Scared

Dear Church, I took my five-year old son, Willem to the South Suburban College Men’s Basketball game this past Tuesday night. My friends, Ron and Diana Abnernathy, from church had been encouraging and inviting us to make a game, so I asked Will if....