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February 23, 2017

Word from the Pastor – A Wake-Up Song

A few months ago I was fascinated to learn the history of the Doxology that we–and churches around the world–sing in worship every Sunday. I had always assumed that the words and lyrics were ancient, coming from the earliest centuries of the Christian church. But not so. Actually, they were published in 1709 by Thomas […]

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October 12, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Report Card Time

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to get the first report cards of the school year. At church before the school year began, we collected school supplies and promoted the kids in Sunday School. For the kids in my house, we finished up summer homework with one >:-{ and prepared for Kindergarten with the other 8-O.

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July 26, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Life’s Changing Seasons

I remember how lovely the weather was back in May. Spring was in full swing as the flowers bloomed and the grass grew. It would’ve been nice if the weather stayed that perfect forever, but we know that it doesn’t. The grueling heat of summer is now upon us. I start sweating just thinking about it. But thankfully, the seasons change…

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March 16, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Easter Stuff

There are some things in life that, no matter how many times I read them, hear them, look them up, or google them, I still can’t remember it the next time I need to. They aren’t important, of course. Else I would be sure to remember. They are simply random factual tidbits that pop up […]

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January 28, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Staying in Rhythm

I’m a creature of habit, so I really rely on my weekly schedule to help structure my work time, my family time, and the nightly time when I get to collapse after playing with my sons. Things like church, school, office, visits, and father-sons time help give my life a rhythm. I know when I’ll […]

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October 30, 2015

Word from the Pastor – Many Thanks

I usually don’t like surprises, but on a recent Sunday, I didn’t mind the surprise I got. The kids were helping to lead worship that day, and before the opening prayer, Steve Johnson stepped up to the pulpit. I know Steve’s a big kid at heart, but we had already assigned the prayer to someone […]

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August 31, 2015

A Word from the Pastor: 100 Years (and counting)

A year ago, during one of our monthly Coffee & Snack Fellowship times, I scattered cards and pens around the tables and asked church members to write down what they thought we should do to celebrate the 100th anniversary the following year. I still have those cards, with handwriting from elementary-aged to senior adults. So let’s check back to see if we covered everything.

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April 2, 2015

A Word from the Pastor: That New Church Smell

A church isn’t a church without its people… and some decent carpet. Fortunately, we’ve got great examples of both right here!

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February 15, 2015

A Word from the Pastor

Our lives get so full, and our schedules so dictated by distractions, that before we know it, time has passed, kids are grown, things have changed, we got older, and it was all a blur. So the point of Lent is to stop that rush of distraction, and instead, to pause, focus, pray, look around, and notice how God is moving in the world and in you.

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November 30, 2014

A Word from the Pastor

Like I mentioned in my last pastor’s column, I’ve been learning many fascinating things about Hickory Rock’s history in my research for our 100th anniversary next year. The most incredible thing I’ve learned so far is that I actually have a relative buried in the churchyard. Not only that, but some of my relatives have […]

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