In A Nutshell | September 3, 2021

On the Grand Scale, Spiritual Baggage isn’t Worth the Weight I almost hate to admit this, but I am a closet weight watcher. I step on the scale every morning, just to see how adversely the previous day’s caloric intake affected my bottom line. Overall, my weight is fairly consistent, and who really cares anyway?Continue reading “In A Nutshell | September 3, 2021”

In A Nutshell | August 27, 2021

Searching for Spiritual Safety in Scripture The perilous and heart-wrenching images of refugees desperately trying to escape from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover has left many of us feeling helpless and somewhat hopeless, but there are occasional bright spots. For example, the father of one young Afghan family that was fortunate enough to make itContinue reading “In A Nutshell | August 27, 2021”

In A Nutshell | August 20, 2021

Draining the System and Purifying the Soul Each day, on my way to and from the church, I pass ADS (Advanced Drainage Systems) on Warner Hill. Invariably, there is a fully loaded truck leaving the facility or an empty truck returning from a delivery. I guess I never realized how much of this pipe runsContinue reading “In A Nutshell | August 20, 2021”

In A Nutshell | August 13, 2021

In the Presence of Greatness I have always admired Peyton Manning. The former NFL quarterback and newly minted Hall of Famer, was a prolific player, especially when rallying his team in the final minutes. I really enjoyed watching him as he showcased his incredible skills, but even more impressive was the way he handled himself,Continue reading “In A Nutshell | August 13, 2021”

In A Nutshell | August 6, 2021

Memorable Mentors are Worth Mentioning Phil Shipe was a man of many talents. In addition to his success as a football coach, wrestling coach, and physical education instructor at The College of Wooster, he was anaccomplished artist, whose paintings on barn siding drew national acclaim. But CoachShipe’s greatest and most endearing skill was his abilityContinue reading “In A Nutshell | August 6, 2021”

In A Nutshell | July 30, 2021

Worth the Effort As the Olympic Games wrap up their first week of competition in Tokyo, I am reminded of the effort that it takes just to get there, let alone win a medal. Hours and hours of intense training and grueling workouts have been invested by every athlete during the months leading up toContinue reading “In A Nutshell | July 30, 2021”

In A Nutshell | July 23, 2021

A Refreshing Change When our current church was built in the late 1960s, I have to believe that the Trustees discussed the possibility of air conditioning, but they probably nixed the idea because of cost. Air conditioning was more of a luxury than a necessity back then. A lot has changed in 50 years, andContinue reading “In A Nutshell | July 23, 2021”

In A Nutshell | July 16, 2021

Reflecting on the ‘Sounds of Silence’ Because it is so rare to experience complete silence in our bustling world today, I was caught off guard earlier this week when I stopped into the sanctuary and heard absolutely nothing. No trucks barreling down Route 250, no motorcycles racing down Old Lincoln Way, no birds chirping inContinue reading “In A Nutshell | July 16, 2021”

In A Nutshell | July 9, 2021

Even After All These Years, Some Things Still Surprise Us When we get to a certain age, like me for example, we tend to think that we have “seen it all” and that “nothing surprises us” anymore. Some people go so far as to think that they “know it all.” Clearly, we know better thanContinue reading “In A Nutshell | July 9, 2021”

In A Nutshell | July 2, 2021

‘Pull Up a Chair’ as We Dedicate our Garden and Chapel When someone invites you to “pull up a chair,” it is usually a symbol of good old-fashioned hospitality, as if to say, “you are welcome to join us.” I would like to echo those sentiments as we further advance our efforts to be anContinue reading “In A Nutshell | July 2, 2021”

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