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Who Left On the Lights?

Posted: Jun 20, 2014

  George Bullard writes about visiting with a pastor who superbly dealt with a senior in his church who was upset the lights had been left on in the sanctuary. The pastor was gentle, carefully diffused the senior’s annoyance, and ...

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Needing the other

Posted: Jun 13, 2014

I was impressed with Mark Galli’s article from the Hampton Ministers' Conference in Virginia. The part of his message that hit home most for me is that we never grasp what it’s like to belong to another person’s culture.  ...

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When Times are Bad

Posted: Jan 28, 2014

I was the pastor of a growing church. I was liked, appreciated, and our numbers kept going up. But my world had grown very dark deep inside my head and my heart. I couldn’t see value in my work. I couldn’t believe people were really ...

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With a Wing and a Prayer

Posted: Oct 21, 2013

Alison went shopping in Whole Foods.  That was not a new experience.  Chicken was not on her list for purchase but chicken wings were on special offer so in they went to the shopping cart. On her way back to the car, Alison checked ...

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From Our First Century to Our Second

Posted: Oct 03, 2013

We had wonderful centennial celebrations.  Northern might be the fittest and most vibrant centenarian ever.  Many came together on our Lombard campus for two days.  We worshipped and gave thanks to God, laughed, reminisced, enjoyed ...

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