Small and Seemingly Inconsequential Things
November 29th, 2023
Small and Seemingly Inconsequential ThingsI recently read that slot machines make more money than the film industry and major leaguebaseball combined. That fact surprised me, but it makes sense: even ...
The Act of Thanksgiving
November 22nd, 2023
When you think of Thanksgiving, what do you think of? Embarrassingly, food is my firstanswer… But wait! I love many things about Thanksgiving other than just the food; I lovethe time with family, the ...
Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 13th, 2023
We Need Your Help!In the coming week we will be sending out 20,000 mailers to our surrounding neighbors inviting them to our 3rd annual Community Christmas Tree lighting! Yes, you read that correctly,...
What Is Sacred To You?
November 6th, 2023
Liz and I have a chair in our living room that sits perfectly in the morning light and has a beautiful view out the window. In the mornings I can grab a cup of coffee, sit in that chair, and gather my...
Hope Institute: On Race?
October 30th, 2023
For many years, Hope has offered weekend “courses” consisting of teaching and discussion onspecific topics, called Hope Institute. In the past, we have been able to discuss a variety ofsubjects, such ...
World Gone Mad
October 23rd, 2023
Dear Hopesters, October 24, 2023The world has gone mad! Well, actually, not really.The world is in ...
Getting It All On The Table
October 17th, 2023
You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5).Not long ago one of my kids casually said, “I wonder how you get your computer keyboard unstuck.” A little while later my kid came...
Bringing The Land Of The Living To The Land Of The Dying
October 10th, 2023
Last week in this space, I wrote about the reality that death is coming for us all. I shared Marvin Martin’s words, “For those who believe this is all there is, this is the Land of Life as we move tow...
Living In The Land Of The Dying
October 2nd, 2023
For most of my life, I rarely thought about death or dying. They were abstract concepts reserved for the aged. Now, in my mid-forties, I find myself dealing with aches, pains, frequent doctors’ appoin...
Friendship and Love
September 24th, 2023
We’re all amateurs when it comes to love and relationships. I’ve never seen anyone go professional or get corporate sponsorships for their gold medal friendship status. Friendship isn’t an Olympic spo...
God Does Some Of His Best Work In The Dark
September 18th, 2023
Jesus once said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)The disciple John once said, “God is light and in Him there ...
Baptism Sunday Was A Slam Dunk
September 11th, 2023
For more than 35 years now, we have held an Annual Baptism celebration! This year’s baptism celebration was held on our basketball court, and it was a slam dunk! We had 80 Hopesters make their public ...