In the Shadow of the Sanctuary

June 24, 2022

It was a trip down memory lane. But it turned out to be so much more. At the end of a Sabbatical last September, Mary and I made a pilgrimage to some significant family sites for both of us. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan for her… Lancaster, Pennsylvania for me. A small Brethren In Christ […]

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Samuel F. Wolgemuth

June 17, 2022

For Ruth, Sam, Ken, Robert, Debbie and Dan… he is our father. His DNA. His genes. His influence. His impact. Our father. The six of us. Anchored to each other because of a shared father. Yes, mine. But always, ours. A life that connected us. A legacy to steward, to leverage, to remember, to learn […]

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Cosmic Guards

June 10, 2022

It was April 22nd, 2020 when Mary’s Mom, Eunice Cargo, moved in with us. The isolation of COVID, and the uncertainty of her health had prompted the relocation. We welcomed her without the certainty of knowing the duration of her stay, but with confidence that this was the right pathway for us. What we didn’t […]

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Made For Each Other

June 3, 2022

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18) The Garden. Eden. Perfection. Then, a declaration from God. “Not good”. Alone. Alone? Adam, with plants and planets, with animals and asteroids, with the seas and the celestial… even […]

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His Plan For My Tears

May 27, 2022

Buffalo. Mariupol. And now… Uvalde. The pain. The sorrow. The uncontained evil. An 18-year-old with toxic racial hatred. A 69-year-old with tanks and an army. Another 18-year-old with the means to kill. Tears… Unimaginable grief. These incredible words from King David are an invitation into authenticity. David’s pain is real. He’s lost in the agony […]

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Pomp & Circumstance

May 20, 2022

Ah, yes… graduation. Achievement celebrated. Transition initiated. The future anticipated. And, of course, cards and gifts purchased. For those biblically-minded gift givers, a laser etching of Jeremiah 29:11 is always a favorite. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to […]

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Grace in the Bleachers

May 6, 2022

I was a freshman at Wheaton Central High School. A newly minted Tiger, and a member of the wrestling team. More specifically, an 80-pound member of the team, with high school weight classes starting at 98 pounds. Midway through the season, I was elevated to the sophomore team, which meant an inaugural match against our […]

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“Follow Me”

April 29, 2022

As I journeyed through the concluding pages of “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”, John Mark Comer, the author of the book, invoked these words from the Apostle Paul… “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business…” (1 Thessalonians 4:11, NLT) A quiet life. After Comer spends pages and pages highlighting […]

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April 22, 2022

Youth For Christ is a ministry that I love. It reaches 11 to 19-year-old young people through the conduit of relationship with the timeless message of hope in Christ. Part of what I love about the mission is who God uses to share the message. Rescued and redeemed sinners. Self-conscious and underqualified. Those who could […]

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What if…

April 15, 2022

Over the years as Mary and I reflect on another anniversary, we are drawn to a question that illuminates gratitude and humility in our souls. It’s not an easy question, but worthwhile. It started with something like… “What would my life be like today if I had not married you?”  This question fuels the engine […]

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