“Pride” One of my Professors at Princeton Seminary was Dr. Howard Lindquist who at one time was Pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. At one point in his ministry he visited the home of one of his parishioners. The older woman asked him, “Has anyone ever told you how wonderful you are?” Dr. Lindquist smiled and […]
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April 5, 2021 Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced March 23rd that the state’s mask mandate will expire on April 6th. However, this does not apply to long term care Employees, Residents and Visitors. Per the Indiana Department of Health’s guidelines, Westminster Village will still require the appropriate face […]
“Living in the Daily Presence of God” How often does the average person touch his or her cell phone? The answer seems to be more than you can possibly imagine. According to the research firm Dscout, typical owners touch their phones 2,617 times a day. And we’re not talking about extreme users. The most serious addicts, who responded […]
“Coming Home” Jesus’ most famous story has no official name. Over the centuries it’s been called the Parable of the Prodigal Son or the Lost Child or the Unforgiving Sibling or the Waiting Father. We know for sure there are three characters in the story. There is the rebellious kid who runs away and makes […]
“Let God Do the Judging and Sorting” In Matthew 13 (verses 24-30 and 36-43) Jesus describes a man who plants seeds in his field. He aims to grow a crop of wheat but when the tiny plants appear above the soil, it’s obvious that someone has sowed chaos. Something else is growing there. He discovers […]
“Wrestling With God” The more time you spend with God, the more likely it is that you will wrestle with God. Spoiler alert! You will lose that wrestling match. But there’s a good chance you will end up with a souvenir that will be worth keeping. The prototypical divine-human wrestling match is reported in Genesis 32:22-32 […]
“Finish Strong” In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, runner John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania finished last. But there’s more to the story. Akhwari was one of the world’s best long distance runners. But having never trained at high altitudes, several miles into the race he began to cramp. Then approaching the halfway point, he became […]
“Can You Imagine?” C.S. Lewis once imagined what it would be like to grow up in a prison. In a sermon that was ultimately published as “The Weight of Glory”, the British author and theologian crafted a table in which a woman is incarcerated. She’s expecting a child. Her son arrives and then grows up […]
“The Legacy of Transformed Lives” Ramses II was the most remarkable of the Egyptian Pharaohs. After taking the throne in 1279 B.C. he lived to be 90 and ruled for 66 years. He fathered more than 100 children. Most famous rulers become known as “The Great” only after they leave the scene. However, Ramses, wouldn’t […]
“There’s Room for Everyone on the Island” Have you ever wondered what it would be like to vote someone out of your community? Once long ago there was a city where that happened every year. About four centuries before Christ, the citizens of Athens, Greece had an open-air assembly meeting where they could vote on […]