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What magazine to subscribe to?

November 2nd, 2008, 24 Comments

A few years ago, I — yes — subscribed to a paper magazine (US News). I didn’t continue my subscription because I stopped reading it. I stopped reading it because, frankly, there wasn’t that much worth reading a week after I heard it on NPR. I find I spend entirely too much time reading at […]

Tabor’s Centennial

October 20th, 2008, No Comments

You know you’ve got a bunch of Mennonites together when the pastor spontaneously asks the church to sing “Jesus Loves Me” while the children walk up for their children’s story. And, without music, everybody spontaneously breaks into beautiful 4-part harmony. It must be genetic or something. It was a day of beautiful singing of hymns […]

One Hundred

October 10th, 2008, 1 Comment

Today, as I was riding my bicycle home from work, I noticed that the road maintainer had been by on the dirt and sand roads near our house. Unfortunately for me, he left a few sections of road with deep sand, and I almost wiped out several times. I ride a bike with narrow road […]

What Traditional Values Mean to Me

October 3rd, 2008, 21 Comments

A comment on Facebook yesterday got me thinking what American “traditional values” are all about. We hear it a lot, and I suspect it means something different to different people. Here’s what it means to me. It starts with an ethic fundamentally informed by the central tenets of Christianity — which are also excellent standards […]

Can You Feel The History?

September 7th, 2008, No Comments

A few years ago, Terah and I got to visit the beautifully-restored Kansas City Union Station. What a sight. A train station designed to hold 200,000 people, and saw over 200 trains pass through in its heyday. So many people had stories of traveling through Union Station, of arranging to meet someone under the station’s […]

Look out Nebraska, Here Comes Jacob!

July 6th, 2008, 18 Comments

This weekend, the three of us got in the car and drove up to Tekamah, NE for Blogstock 08 at Cliff’s. That’s Jacob when we were stopped at a park halfway there. Sure looks like he’s about to do something ornery, doesn’t it? I think he looks even more ornery than the photo of Cliff. […]

A response to “7 Ways Religion is Detrimental to Science”

June 28th, 2008, 22 Comments

I read 7 Ways Religion is Detrimental to Science, and thought it would be an interesting read. It was, but I don’t think it really made sense. Let’s look at the 7 ways they highlighted: 1. Faith and the Scientific Method are Opposites The article states: Faith is a belief in an idea regardless of […]


March 9th, 2008, 11 Comments

This October, our church celebrates its hundredth anniversary. All this year, every so often, we are having brief “historical moments” during church. Today, our temporary choir director — and my high school band teacher — was a Vorsanger. He got up during church and discussed how hymn singing was done in the early days of […]

Church Choir

February 27th, 2008, 1 Comment

Every year on Good Friday, our church choir joins with the other church choir in the area for an evening choir program. This year we are performing The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois. It’s a challenging and beautiful piece. We’ll have our combined choir, plus pipe organ and various other instruments. Easter […]

One Year Ago

January 21st, 2008, No Comments

One year ago today, I wrote that we had moved onto the farm on Jan. 20. That was quite the day: 7.5″ of snow, and windy. When we moved in, our kitchen didn’t yet have its flooring or any appliances. We had a microwave sitting on a 5-gallon bucket and a borrowed dorm fridge for […]

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