A Gran Torino and a Lion
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A Gran Torino and a Lion

When I was eight years old, our family took a road trip from St. Cloud, MN out to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington DC. It was such a fun vacation traveling in our mint-colored Gran Torino, visiting family, swinging on vines in the Appalachian Mountains, touring through Washington DC, experiencing a subway, swimming in the...

Dropped
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Dropped

Several weeks ago, I suggested to our kids still at home that we should play fantasy football. I thought this would be a fun way to learn the game of football and spend time together. It’s been a pretty big hit…. We started with a draft and for the most part, used the professional’s opinions...

Work in progress
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Work in progress

On Mondays, I take some time off in the morning to relax and enjoy a Sabbath. When the weather is nice, I sip coffee on the front porch, catch up on my Bible reading and have some extended time for prayer. After a while, I get tired of sitting and then turn my attention to...

Peace like a river
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Peace like a river

This school year, our boys are enrolled in a charter school that is a virtual academy. This means they are each home during the day and Leigh-Ann has a lot more work. It also means more competition, more arguments and of course more love…well…maybe. There has been one game-changer though…. As a pastor, I would...

Sorrow turns to joy
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Sorrow turns to joy

In just over a week we will celebrate our oldest daughter’s 20th birthday. This is astonishing…how could Leigh-Ann and I be old enough to have had a kid for two decades. During the pregnancy, we had plenty of “first-time” experiences. Such as the time when Leigh-Ann was super-pregnant wanted some relief (because KC August) so...

Cheap entertainment
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Cheap entertainment

Last night, two of our boys and I entered into a healthy competition. We were at a soccer field (I know that’s a surprise 😊) and we decided to shoot on each other. I figured out a way for the two boys to compete against me (if they compete against each other, typically war breaks...

Never Forget
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Never Forget

Tomorrow we remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 when nearly 3,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured. When the airplanes flew into the World Trade Center Towers, it resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil. This attack was carried out by the Islamic extremist group al...