Pastor's Blog

What happened to the Shooting Stars?

August 16, 2019

Last week was kind of a big deal for those who like to watch the sky – it was the zenith of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. Some estimates place the streaking meteors at over sixty per hour. Muscatine is in a good location to enjoy the show with lots of rural area not far from town. One of the biggest downfalls for many would be watchers has to do with what time is best for viewing, usually in the early morning hours for the highest concentration. Not many people want to set an alarm for 3 am to get... View Article

“I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff…”

August 11, 2019

The friendly weatherman boldly predicted that an intense line of rain and wind was expected to hit in the early morning hours of Tuesday – and like clockwork the storm arrived with enough wind, lightning, and thunder to roust almost everyone. As I waited the storm out I wondered if this was how the three little pigs felt when the faced some intense “huffing and puffing.” It was a great time when the storm subsided and the house was still standing.     This offers us a chance to consider how ready we are to handle some significant personal storms. Even... View Article

The Cycle of Life

August 3, 2019

Every occupation includes several aspects that aren’t as fun as others. This week was one of these as I officiated at two funerals for people in our community. I agree to these when I can as it is a way to offer hope to people who are searching for answers and encouragement. When the heart is heavy with grief, the good news of God’s Love demonstrated in Jesus’ can seem as refreshing as ice cold water on a hot summer day. The stories I have heard from distraught family have made me smile while others have made me reevaluate the... View Article

On Bell Bottoms

July 14, 2019

“On Bell Bottoms” In my growing up years few fashion items carried as much disdain as “Bell Bottoms.” For some I don’t need to explain this fashion trend (aka disaster) because a many of you wore these with great exuberance. But for the younger set, bell bottoms were a pant mostly popular in the 1960’s and required a flared leg – the more flared the better. Unfortunately this style reappeared in the last few years but with a new name , flared jeans, but the similarity to the fashion of 50 years ago is unmistakable.  The changing of fashion is... View Article

The Wait

July 7, 2019

“The Wait” This will be the last in my series on the life lessons learned from a recent visit to a glass blowing studio in the Quad Cities. The process of taking molten glass and making a masterpiece out of it has striking similarities to the process our lives go through as we mature. What I have left from this is a great souvenir on the credenza in my office. Feel free to stop by sometime and see the glass bowl that has elicited these stories. I wasn’t prepared for the end of the evening. When all the work was... View Article

I See it Now

June 23, 2019

“I see it now” My appreciation of glass and pottery has increased since spending time in studios dedicated to these respective crafts. Sometimes functionality overwhelms the beauty and we don’t consider the skill and workmanship required to produce a vessel that is so useful. Holding a glass bowl that is perfectly balanced and fired has a sensory appeal that few things can match. But understanding the multitude of steps required to arrive at this place of visual and artistic perfection brings a level of appreciation.  When we began the process of transforming molten glass into controlled beauty we had to... View Article

Something So Insignificant

June 9, 2019

“Something so insignificant” Today we return to our regular scheduled programming and continue our series in life lessons from the furnace. To catch you up to speed, Susie purchased a “date night” gift for me as a Christmas present in the form of a class at a glass blowing studio in Davenport. After my brief foray as a pottery prodigy, I wanted to develop my skill as an artist and leave my mark on the field of glass art. I was amazed at how many life lessons can be learned or reinforced through this process.  The molten glass rests comfortably... View Article

“Ready or Not…”

April 11, 2019

“Ready or Not…” So goes the caution for one of childhood’s greatest memories. The seeker would call these words out so you had some sense of warning but was also broadcasting that there was little concern for your preparation in hiding. But if you were the one trying to remain unseen, it was a reminder to slow your breathing, control your laughter, and steel your nerves so you wouldn’t be “it” next time. (Don’t you find it interesting that hide and seek isn’t near as much fun when you get older and the “hiders” include your car keys, glasses, or... View Article

“It gives life meaning”

May 11, 2018

  One of my professors in seminary would assign movie critiques and reviews as a way of requiring theology students to interact with modern culture. When this was discussed as we went through the course syllabus, I was excited that I could watch a movie, write a report, and get graduate level credit. My excitement was tempered when the grading rubric required real interaction with differing world views and biases presented in the film. To this day I struggle to just relax and enjoy a movie. I usually get hung up on a statement or a situation that requires me... View Article

“Things that make you wonder”

May 4, 2018

  It’s been almost a week now and I still shake my head in disbelief and amazement. A quick run to the grocery store yielded a comical story that I will have to put away in the “I’ll never know what was going on” file. The compact four-door car ahead of my wife and I at the stop sign had the rear passenger side door open. There are many reasonable guesses as to why this would be and I didn’t think about it much – until the car proceeded to turn left. The rear door swung all the way open... View Article