Category Archives: Stories

“Thank You, Jesus!”

Sometime ago a new family started attending our church. They have three children, including a little girl named Rachel. One Sunday, after church, her mother told me that during church Rachel was calling out to me, but instead of calling my … Continue reading

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School Lunches

In Mrs. Flakes’ first grade classroom at Rural Point Elementary, the most embarrassing  thing that could have happened happened. I was sitting in the last desk in my row. I slowly began to feel hot. As my head warmed and I … Continue reading

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Dirty

I wrote the following upon reflecting on Psalm 51. I had done everything I could think of to do. It was a warm, sunny day. My six-year-old self left no parts of the rural countryside undiscovered. I had trampled through … Continue reading

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The Doorbell

When I was growing up, it was rare that doors were locked. I can remember as a kid roaming around and randomly going into my grandparents’ home next door. No knocking, and certainly no ringing of a doorbell. We would … Continue reading

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Life of Roux, part 1

Roux:  I have my big purple ball!  My ball makes me happy! Jason: Roux, do you need to go outside? Roux: I like to run around with my big purple ball… Jason: Roux, do you need to go potty?  Do … Continue reading

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No Matter How Simple

One summer in high school during our youth group’s Youth Sunday service I played a duet with my Aunt Polly.  I on the trumpet and she on the organ.  That Sunday was Mr. Paul Krupp’s “Come Back Sunday.” Mr. Krupp … Continue reading

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Penny’s Rescue

When I was in middle school, a friend of my Dad’s brought a collie to our house.  He had found her on the side of the road, hit by a car.  He took her to the vet.  He couldn’t keep … Continue reading

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Stories Printed

This month a new book by Dori Baker, a former seminary professor of mine, is being released.  It is called The Barefoot Way: A Faith Guide for Youth, Young Adults, and the People Who Walk with Them. In this book, … Continue reading

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Finding Voice

I was a freshman in high school.  It was Sunday evening and we were gathered upstairs in the youth room at church.  There was a  handful of us up there seated at various adopted couches.  It was a typical night … Continue reading

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Ms. Clark on Marriage

“Are you getting married?” Ms. Clark quizzingly asked me. “Yes, ma’am,” I answered, “in April.” Ms. Mary Clark has been a LebCamp resident for the last three LebCamps.  I had gone by her home a few days ago to check … Continue reading

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