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Weather & Worship

Here’s the long-range forecast for the worship of the Living God:  100% chance that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow. This forecast is going to permanently change the climate. It’s not only going to take place up in the atmosphere (heaven). It’s going to…   Read More »


It was so good to have people back in our sanctuary last Sunday for worship. The joy of being together for the worship of God was palpable on both sides of the Livestream lens. I was proud of the way our live worshippers embraced the moment. Despite the addition of extra processes and…   Read More »

Extra Grace Required

We all need a little more grace these days. To give it. To receive it.  These last months of journeying through the “Corona Wilderness” have left virtually all of us more irritable and annoyable than ever before — and, to be brutally honest — most of us have…   Read More »

Live Studio Audience

As a kid, I always wanted to witness the live filming of a show like “Happy Days” or “Laverne and Shirley” or, later, even “Seinfeld.” Alas, my family never took a trip to “Tinseltown” and that dream went unfulfilled…  Until now!…   Read More »

Fourth Quarter Comeback

Thoughts on Year-End Giving at Elmhurst CRC It's officially the Fourth Quarter of 2020, and like a football team that finds some positive momentum after three challenging quarters, we as a church are making a comeback in many ways: our day-to-day ministries are up and running,…   Read More »

Alpha: “Just a little Jesus”

Have you ever been to a used car lot?  You know: the one where you pull in and as you get out of your car, the salespeople have surrounded you wondering if they can help? These men and women have an agenda: they are hungry for a sale to make their commission. No matter how much they…   Read More »

Indoor Worship

Dear Friends and Members of Elmhurst CRC,  As we turn toward the home stretch of 2020 and the temperatures begin to cool, many of us are rightly wondering how our worship life is going to proceed into fall and winter. I want to share five thoughts with you, including the first date…   Read More »

Fall Fruit

We spent the month of August carefully listening to Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower” in Sunday worship. It’s clear that God has planted a garden of people and cultivated the conditions necessary for creating life. God sprinkles the seed of the Gospel everywhere with…   Read More »

The SpringHill Connection

“Should we host SpringHill Day Camp this year?” That question was on the mind of our church leadership for months. We discussed it from a variety of angles, combed through SpringHill’s new safety policies, and talked with other camps who were meeting this summer. We…   Read More »

Fall Forecast

I’ve always rolled my eyes when the advanced forecasts for winter weather roll out in mid-July. I had never considered the plight of the unfortunate meteorologist who is obligated to make predictions about a future that is largely unknown. These days, we are all in the shoes of those…   Read More »

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