Category: Community

Charitable Contributions

I saw online someone suggesting that people should contribute quick (to NCTM, in this case). My response: Yes, we should contribute to NCTM’s Trust. However, I think “charitable deductions will be treated very differently in the coming year,” is misleading. It is my understanding, with the new tax bill, that charitable deductions can still be …

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Grant Reed’s words at the WIU Assembly

Grant Reed gave the student address at the WIU Assembly on 8-17-17. He had an excellent message. It is so easy to be fragmented and let division and differences win. We don’t always have to agree, but we can be respectful of one another, compromise, and find commonality. Save

Ephesians 4:11-12

Equipped, for works, for service, build up the body of Christ.

Awareness

May we have an awareness, as Jesus showed us, and shows us, of others and respond responsibly. My prayer is that God would give me that awareness and ability to respond in love.

At some point, we need to Make America United Again

(written Jan. 21, 2017) It was a very strange election year, for many reasons. (I didn’t feel that either party, during the election, put up a viable candidate.  OK, that can happen from time to time.) The thing that concerns me is how divisive many have become. I don’t believe that tearing down and ‘throwing …

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Ten Practical Ways To Take Your Ministry To The Next Level

This is a very good post by Tim Price. Ten Practical Ways To Take Your Ministry To The Next Level – Click here Does look toward taking it to the next level, but also about building foundations, intentionality, and sustainability. Under Document Your Ministry he has a good list: Vision; Culture; Process; Main Thing; Fully …

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Hope, Race, and Power

A top-ten sermon by Timothy Keller. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hope-race-and-power/id352660924?i=1000372508617&mt=2 based on Romans 14:1-3 14- 15:7.  (released 7/14/16)  

Cubs Win, Cubs Win

On Nov. 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series over the Cleveland Indians, 8-7 in 10 innings. It was a great game and a great season for the Cubs. Here are a few of my reflections. (More could be written-it will suffice for now.) Click the file. game7-reflection

Establishments and Institutions

Sermon idea:  I like institutions (look up definition). They exist to carry out a needed duty. ‘The establishment’ on the other hand seems to mainly be there to maintain itself.  In Yancey’s ‘The Jesus I Never Knew’ book he says, on page 197, that Jesus posed a genuine threat to the establishment in Jerusalem. More …

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In divisive times, who will lead? Who will Heal?

Very nice piece by @MJGerson  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-our-moment-of-division-who-will-lead/2016/07/11/1a8232fa-4798-11e6-acbc-4d4870a079da_story.html Gerson gives a good analysis of the current (decisive) political situation.  He sees a need (as do I) for politicians who do not “immediately fall into partisan ruts, or post Facebook banalities.”  Another good quote is: In fact, there are people on the left and right who benefit from …

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