Author Archives: Chris

Advantage

“I had this advantage, at least, in my mode of life, over those who were obliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theatre, that my life itself was become my amusement and never ceased to be novel.” … Continue reading

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Fallingwater

We attended a family reunion in West Virginia last week. First, second, and third cousins, all descendants of Linda’s father Carl, or his siblings. Perhaps fifty or so there at a resort in the mountains near Beckley. Afterward, as we … Continue reading

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The Source of Courage

The Source of Courage (Acts 9:10-19) Many years ago I took a class in calligraphy from Nancy Culmone, a nationally known calligrapher. The week-long class took place at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. As we all learned our letters, Nancy … Continue reading

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Rural Lenawee

This lovely photo was taken by Lad Strayer, photographer for our local newspaper. He often posts them to Facebook. Lenawee is the name of our county. It is an Indian name that means, I believe, ‘the people.’

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Wedding Homily for Lainey and Travis

(Last weekend I officiated at a wedding for the daughter of a friend who died last year. This is the homily from that wedding. My wife also officiated, and she put the frame together as I spoke.) Madeleine L’Engle said, “Two … Continue reading

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Resurrection Sermon

The Road to Emmaus story is beautiful. It is the most beautiful of the resurrection stories about Jesus. Luke, the writer, has put the story together in a lovely way. It is best not to think of Luke as a … Continue reading

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Sunrise

There was a lovely sunrise this morning while we were driving east on Sutton Road. A large orange ball rising up through the trees.

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Homily For Lew Stone

On New Years Day 1940, when Lew was 16 years old, he and his brother tried to go ice skating. He wrote about it in his journal, “Mick and I endeavored to go skating this morning, but alas! we came … Continue reading

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I Miss My Friends

[This is a church newsletter article from last month, reflecting on recent losses in our congregation.] I miss my friends. Lew, Lois, JoAn, Kelly, Pete, Larry, Alice, and others. They’ve gone through a door that takes them to Christ. I’ll … Continue reading

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How I Found Faith

When I was four years old, our family moved to southern Nevada. I grew up in the desert. I walked through the desert each day to get to school. After school, and on weekends, I played in the desert. I … Continue reading

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A New Purpose

I need a new purpose. For the last few months I’ve struggled to understand what my purpose is at my church anymore. To help discover a new purpose, I’ve decided to read Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. I … Continue reading

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A Prayer to Christ

It’s been three months since the Awful Week. Still here. I’ve been reading Luther a lot, getting reacquainted with the gospel of Christ. I’m reading John’s Gospel a lot too. There is a sweetness, a comfort, in John’s portrait of … Continue reading

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Another Prayer

Another from the Prayer Book for Earnest Christians, with a few alterations. Just as I, O heavenly Father, have committed myself to calling upon your holy name, so also look upon me with the eyes of your mercy. Incline your … Continue reading

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Sermon On the Flight Into Egypt

Our scripture today is called The Flight Into Egypt (Mt 2.13-23). After the birth of Jesus, the Holy Family must flee to Egypt to escape King Herod. As a preacher, there are different things you could do with this story. … Continue reading

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An Evening Prayer

From the Prayer Book for Earnest Christians: Praise and thanksgiving to you, almighty God and Father, for your protection and blessing, and for all the good which I have enjoyed this past day. I would gladly enter the inner sanctum … Continue reading

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Another Morning Prayer

Here is another morning prayer from the Prayer Book for Earnest Christians, with pronouns changed to singular. O Lord, merciful, gracious God, Father of eternal light and comfort, whose goodness and faithfulness is new each morning. To you I declare … Continue reading

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An Anabaptist Morning Prayer

Lately I have been using the Prayer Book for Earnest Christians: A Spiritually Rich Anabaptist Resource. I am at a time in life when it is useful to have someone else supply the words I pray since it’s difficult to … Continue reading

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Jesus Calling

(Kelly, Bradene, Stacey, & Me in August 2011) Kelly was devoted to her family and friends. She was devoted to music. And she was devoted to Christ. I want to lift up this last piece, her devotion to Christ. Jesus … Continue reading

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Falling Waters Trail

My friend Stacey and I took part in the Wild Life Marathon today in Concord, Michigan. We walked the half marathon along the Falling Waters Trail. Leaves just starting to turn. Beautiful. A half marathon is 13 miles or 21 … Continue reading

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The Mourning Bench

Nicholas Wolterstorff wrote Lament For a Son after his son Eric died in a mountain climbing accident. Excellent book. He gave me a phrase to help me see where I am: sitting on the mourning bench. Grief has put me … Continue reading

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