All Cleaned Up for Easter

One of the more intriguing aspects about the English language is how it is constantly changing. New words are added every year to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As a lay pastor and blog writer, I really try hard to keep up with these new words so I can be relevant to today’s quickly changing society. This…

Family

It was one of those unusually warm October days. It was a PA day in our schools, which meant I was not required to be at the highway for crossing guard duties. My sister knew that, so she called me up asking if I would be able to come over for a hike together. We…

The Davenport Story of Hillsdale, Canada

I always look forward to our annual church anniversary service, held each year on the 3rd Sunday of September. That Sunday, as well as Christmas Eve are the two times a year where the church is reasonably full. But with COVID-19 this year, we would not be able to follow protocol if quite a few…

We’re Coming Back to Church

One of my favorite books on writing is Writing for the Soul by Jerry Jenkins. In his book Jerry gives some excellent advice for Christian writers. For example, “We can’t write for other people’s souls unless ours are healthy.” Or how about this gem: “No writer ever arrives.” Jerry also advises, “Allow yourself to be moved,…

A Walk Through a Cemetery

Back 40 to 50 years ago cemeteries were pieces of land I desperately tried to avoid. Following the death of my Uncle Lloyd when I was 10, and the death of my dad when I was 15, cemeteries brought back such painful memories. Despite all that, in my late teens I took the job on…