Failure

Dear Church, Many of you know I went to Hope College in Holland, MI. Hope is a small Division III liberal arts school. Hope’s rival is Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. It is such a rivalry that at one time Sports Illustrated ranked the Hope/Calvin rivalry in basketball as one...

This World And The Next

Dear Church, I was given a holy gift a few weeks ago. Don Ryskamp had gone into the hospital after experiencing some trouble breathing causing him to fall in the bathroom. He was taken to Room 204 in the ICU at Munster Community Hospital. Pastor Rich saw him...

Devotions

Dear Church, I’m sure many of you have read or are currently reading through some sort of Christian devotional. If you’ve ever wandered through a Family Christian Bookstore, you would be shocked by just how many different kinds of Christian devotionals there are out there. There are...

The Bell Tolls

Dear Church, Every family has traditions. Churches have traditions too. One such tradition we practice is the “Tolling of the Bells” service. I totally copied this idea from Blaine Newhouse, who was my pastor growing up at Calvary Reformed Church in Holland, MI. I remember how...

The In-Between

Dear Church, I was meeting with Anthony in my office last week with literally four orders of worship on our laps and on our screens doing our best to keep them all straight when I told Anthony, “I just feel like we’ve gotten robbed this year.” Between the snow storms...