His Calm Place

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A few years ago, my friend, Bill, was diagnosed with high blood pressure that was causing mini-strokes in his system. Today, he frequents a community coffee shop in his neighborhood almost every day. He sits in the same spot – a place with a straight back that overlooks the entrance, the counter and the largest area of the shop. As … Read More

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Last week, I mentioned to someone that my youngest daughter, Laurel and her husband, Luke, were headed to Costa Rica. That person’s reply was, “Wait a minute. Don’t you have a child in Alaska? And one in Boston?” Yes, that’s true. “What did you do?” Upon reflection, that seems like a reasonable (not offensive) question. It led me to think … Read More

Caring for Ourselves. It’s not optional.

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In the last 4-6 weeks, I’ve presided at the funeral of a young man who died unexpectedly – but also admittedly had health issues and did not take care of himself physically as well as he might have. I’ve been involved in conversations about and with pastors who have left ministry after admitting to personal failure. Finally, I’ve found myself … Read More

2018 Great Lakes Regional Synod Re-cap

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As a classis in the RCA, we participate in a regional assembly called the Great Lakes Regional Synod (GLRS). This group, made up of churches from classes from throughout Michigan and Ohio (primarily), meets one time per year on the first Monday of May. Below is a brief summary of the key happenings. Several reports were given by Regional Synod Leaders & … Read More

Growing Churches in Changing Times

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Today’s blog post was written by Rev. Tom Grabill. Tom recently had the opportunity to attend the Navigating Change Together conference hosted by the Regional Synod of Canada. Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger, author of “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory” led sessions on the topic of Adaptive Leadership – how to guide our communities with vision and hope through … Read More