The Shadow

January 14, 2022

The Shadow was growing. Darkness was on the move; light seemed to be in retreat. A nervous fear gripped many. Some hid while others didn’t want to talk about it. But there were some that wanted to know what to do. But formerly trusted voices were silent. A few of those voices spoke out but mostly mumbled when they did. And the few voices that did speak clearly became targets. The Shadow pounced on any resistance. And that had its desired effect. Defiance was snuffed. It was not like the Shadow was new. But for years the Shadow had stayed…


December 31, 2021

The “dummy light” comes on every 3,000 miles in our car. Time for another oil change. I appreciate the reminder but do not like it when the red oil can flashes red on my dashboard. But I better pay attention to it. After addressed, I enjoy hitting the reset button that makes it go away until the next time. Christians get many resets with God. His love and mercies are new every morning (Ecclesiastes 3:22-23). This is good. And when He throws our confessed sins into the sea of forgetfulness (Micah 7:19), we enjoy His reset. And when we play…

A Sheep’s Surprise

December 23, 2021

[The following is chapter 15 in Pastor Rich’s children’s book, If They Could Talk: letters from those who were there. The book concerns the story of our redemption as it unfolds from Genesis to Revelation. “A Sheep’s Surprise” is the story of the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth as found in Luke 2. The sheep closes with two questions posed to all. How have you answered them?]   My Friends, There was no prophet’s voice in Israel; God’s voice gone quiet.  It had been centuries.  Four hundred years of silence, four hundred years of waiting; had God forgotten?  Then it…

A Slug or a Crab?

December 17, 2021

We are days away from celebrating Christmas. For many, the day is one of memories. Of being a child, of opening presents, of traveling “over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house,” and so on. Foodies recall the smells and tastes of the season. Romantics remember the simpler days. Moms and dads recall when the kids were young. Some, no doubt, relive less kind memories. Dad having too much to drink. Relatives fighting at the table. Traveling to celebrate two, three, maybe even four Christmases because of breakup and divorce. Good or bad, Christmas is a memorable day.…

Science is God—Really?

December 10, 2021

It had been some time since I had been to Seattle. I’m not a big fan of traffic, vaccine passports, and the overall mess of things in Blue Washington’s prized bluest city. But I was passing through this past week and found myself enjoying the lights of the season. One home just off the interstate caught my attention. Festively adorned, it looked out over Elliot Bay. A longer look revealed large lit letters at the base of the home. No Christmas cheer from this residence. The home proudly proclaimed, “Science is God.” “Wow,” I thought, “the bar for deity these…

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