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jagged misty snowy mountain Does wonder have a shelf-life? Musings on wow-fade by Ken Rummer Does wonder have a shelf-life? Does it come with a best-if-used-by date? I’m asking because of the mountains. Just to be clear, we don’t have mountains in Iowa. Our elevation leader, Hawkeye Point, only makes it up to 1670 feet. We have bluffs, we… Read more »

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Apprenticeship pictured Of geese and bikes and Christian worship Learning the apprentice way by Ken Rummer A meadowlark sings from a tall prairie stem, rabbits dart back into trailside grass, and six young geese, webbed feet churning, push across the pond. They aren’t on their own. A parent goose leads the procession and another parent goose brings… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as Marks of the Church Practicing Inclusion by Samuel Son This article is the fourth of a continuing series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Church. In the first and second article, we recalled how the values practiced intuitively in the early church were a response to their understanding that Jesus proved himself… Read more »

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Green plant shoots are a picture of hope   Hope like a green shoot What I noticed preaching for presbytery by Ken Rummer “Like a green shoot pushing up through scorched earth.” I had just spoken these words when I noticed the listening. Heads tilted for a better view. Silence pooled in the pause. They were listening, really listening. I was preaching for… Read more »

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New blackberry leaves   New leaves and old fears Reading spring with the help of Ezekiel by Ken Rummer When is it time to plant corn? When oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear. I remembered this bit of Iowa folk wisdom on my walk this morning, so I gave the burr oak a closer look…. Read more »

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File folder labeled Tax introduces the blog theme Preparing taxes A spiritual practice? by Ken Rummer With the April 15 deadline looming, my wife and I are once again taking on Form 1040 with its schedules and worksheets. We are tackling taxes. Early on in our marriage, we discovered two shared activities that really stressed our relationship: hanging wall paper and doing our… Read more »

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Shows the type of tree described in the text What the tree said Picking up on an invitation to pray by Ken Rummer Spanish moss hanging from branches like gnome beards. Palm fronds dancing with the passing breeze. Lizards darting from flower bed to sunny stucco. I’m looking out at my sister-in-law’s Florida backyard. One of her trees has grown a lot since our… Read more »

Mental Health and Asian Americans – A Reflection

Mental health and Asian Americans by Samuel Son, Presbyterian Mission Agency   Recently, I attended an online conference titled, “Mental Health and Asian Americans: Context and Strategies for Faith Leaders” hosted by Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. I am still processing my emotions. If it was a physical conference, I would have… Read more »

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What now? Discernment. What now? 7 helps for discerning God’s leading in a changing season by Ken Rummer Am I still on the right path? Am I spending time on what’s important? Is it steady as she goes, or time for a course correction? These questions may sound familiar. If you find yourself in a changing season, where-is-God-leading-me… Read more »

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Illustration of bleak mid-winter and house under construction Under Construction In the bleak mid-winter when it’s hard to see God at work By Ken Rummer Twelve degrees and cloudy-gray, with snow in the forecast. I’m looking out at Christina Rossetti’s “bleak mid-winter.”  Across the trail, the builders have a good start on a house for the last open lot in the new subdivision…. Read more »