Category: Family

Bob Polk to be Recognized at Doane University

Reverend Dr. Robert L. Polk became a friend of my parents, while attending Doane with them, and was best man at their wedding (in 1952). Bob Polk has had a wonderful life and has been, and is, an inspiration for thousands. Doane University named their newly built amphitheater in Robert Polk’s honor, on May 17, …

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Three Good Christmas Stories

Here are three short stories that I like–and you might also enjoy. Good to read at Christmas time. The Philanthropist’s Christmas – James Weber Linn. This is a story a bit like A Christmas Carol, with a rich man who is gruff (without the Christmas spirit). However, Mr. Carter is not a total cruel as …

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Real fathers don’t kick their sons out.

You think about that by Steve Brown. audio https://www.keylife.org/programs/you-think-about-that/kick-him-out/

Ideas on love by Bob Lepine

Your good is my goal, should be a driving force to maintain love for a lasting marriage. It involves commitment and self sacrifice. Philippians 2:3-4 Psalm 34:3

Initial thoughts

(This is far from finished and far from ready to be shared.) Thesis: Work toward a more just, inclusive, and harmonious society, for everyone. Outline: What we’ve learned and are learning. Tenets of faith in God and Christ that come to bare here. Challenges of reducing racism and for the underprivileged.  What we need to …

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A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men

I just learned of, and very much enjoyed, *A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men* by William J. Locke. Librivox (wonderful audio reading) and Gutenberg (text).

Why Americans Go to Church – still good reasons

Ok, this is quite encouraging. I’d say paeople are going to church for the right reasons. (See the top 4 in the graphic.) These reasons are biblical (what God would want), enduring (abiding), genuine (true, sincere), helpful (promoting the greater good and self). #Christian   As churches (communities of faith) our challenge is to make …

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James A Garfield

I learned to appreciate James Garfield listening to Play the Man by Mark Batterson on RightNow Media. Born in a log cabin in Ohio. Only ordained preacher to become US President. (our 20th) Only president that didn’t run for president. The 1880 Republican National Convention, they were deadlocked after 35 ballots. They nominated James A …

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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)  

A Letter From Fred: Sweet Lorraine Song

Here’s a great story and song. Fred Stobaugh charmed the globe as a 96 year-old songwriter, but his legacy might be as a marriage healer. Phil Luciano’s piece in the Peoria Journal Star: link YouTube documentary, which tells the main story (#1 video), and 5 more videos that tell the followup story of the song …

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