Category Archives: Olmsted Community Church

What makes my heart sing?

I’m working on a plan for a sabbatical break from ministry. Having completed five years of service at Olmsted Community Church, it’s time–according to my work agreement–for a sabbath. Now I know fully well that there are those who would … Continue reading

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Curry and rice, with a dash of injustice

I’m thinking a lot about food lately. Often my food consumption goes without a lot of thought, such as a quick run to the local Subway for a sandwich which I can mindlessly eat at my desk while I read … Continue reading

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Notes from India

Yet another exhausting and exhilarating day in India as we wind down our mission exploration trip.  Today we ate breakfast crepes filled with freshly grated coconut toured two housing rehabilitation projects for victims of the 2004 tsunami (photo left) visited … Continue reading

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India in Pictures

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Picture India

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India Update

It’s late Tuesday night as I write this, and I’m way too tired to attempt anything eloquent.  But in the past few days, our group has experienced things I never dreamed possible: spent time with the 200 children of Family … Continue reading

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India, Part One

We had just taken off from Newark to New Delhi when I realized that things were going to be different for the next two weeks. Continental served a meal for Indian tastes, and I was already trying to figure out … Continue reading

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With the best of intentions…

We’re safe in India, but exhausted mentally and physically. Though my hope was to write every day possible, the reality is that we have had only occasional internet access, and when I’ve had network connections I’ve been too tired to … Continue reading

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A day in the life

It wasn’t a “typical day” in any sense, though I’m not sure I’ve ever had one in this job.  But here’s a glimpse into a Monday (June 28) in the life of this pastor: 8:45 a.m. Phone call on my … Continue reading

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The Eyes Have It

A few months ago I was having vision problems.  It had been a while since I’d been to an eye doctor, and I was noticing that road signs were a bit blurry.  The biggest problem was in seeing notes at … Continue reading

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A word cloud for Olmsted Community Church

I created a word cloud for OCC, using words to create art that expresses a sense of our congregation. You can see a larger version by clicking on the image below.  If you read this post via email,  click here … Continue reading

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One year this week

It was a year ago this week that I began my pastoral duties at Olmsted Community Church.  In the course of a year, a pastor experiences almost everything at least once.  Now the newness is worn off a bit, but … Continue reading

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My worst nightmare became reality

Ever since I began preaching in 1984, I’ve had a recurring nightmare. I get to the pulpit, look out over the congregation, open my Bible…and find no sermon notes. I panic. I can’t breathe. I can’t think. I have nothing … Continue reading

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They shouldn’t surprise me,

…these late winter snows. But glancing out my office window yesterday, I was shocked—shocked, I tell you—to see big, fat, heavy flakes coming down. It was snowing like crazy for most of the afternoon and evening. The trees in the … Continue reading

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