Stick People

This summer our youngest daughter served as a college intern at an international school located in the Twin Cities. One of her assignments was to help teach English to people who had immigrated to the United States with the hopes of becoming citizens. She loves...

The Really Important Things

There were a lot of things I should have done last Friday. I had a dozen items on my to-do list, some that have dogged me for weeks. Most of the items on this list were work and ministry related, and in the morning hours, I worked at paring down the list. Soon,...

Difficult People

About a year ago I took an early morning trip to our local supermarket to pick up a few items, including a gallon of milk.  There was only one checkout line open, so I quickly went through the line that was staffed by a middle-aged woman. When I got home, I looked at...

The Hands That Worship, The Hands That Bless

One of the greatest joys of my life is my children and grandchildren. In the past week, my wife Terese and I had the privilege of watching our grandson for an evening and our granddaughters for two days. Their energy both invigorated and exhausted us, but we loved...

Stressful Days

Last week was a stressful one for me.  As if a seemingly endless to-do-list wasn’t enough, an intestinal bug also left me physically drained. I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel of my schedule, and the resulting pressure was taking a toll on me. Driving home...