Old Posts – from the Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy Time

God-School Graduation Rates?

God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training , the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not …

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God and Siri

Can Siri help your prayer life? Huh?  You’re probably thinking, Tom, those teenagers in your house have gotten to you or you’ve lost your marbles.   Well, both of those could be true but they have nothing to do with whether Siri (or Google or Cortana or any of the voice apps out there) can help …

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It’s Different This Time? Really?

You know, I could come up with pages up pages of things that are wrong about today’s world.   I could come up with natural disasters, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, and other things that “happen” to us (humans). And then I could come up with another list of evil and difficult things that people have caused or …

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But Pastor….. (It’s Not About Me….)

Or him….. Or her….. Or the guy on TV at 9:00 Or the guy who spoke at CityFest on Saturday “…But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for— God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people. When God, who …

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Looking at Old and Seeing New

Met a long time friend for coffee this afternoon. Talked about kids, church, college, gap years, social media, health, her new job. We talked about her new job – “It’s great! I get to do what I love 6 days a week!” (Did I mention she was my kids youth director prior to this?) “Hey …

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Take a Knee?

Looking at Old and Seeing New Take a Knee? It all started…. Former VP Joe Biden had this to say.. Getting Smart Next Page »

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It all started….

(This was originally written for the “Reaching Out” newsletter at my church, Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, MI.) It all started with a bulletin announcement….. Soul Food Sunday will be held on July 29…….. It sounded like a good thing – some good food, a chance to talk to friends, a little bit of …

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Boy, was I Naive……

If you had asked me before we started this adoption journey what it would look like, I probably would have told you something along the lines of this: • We’d figure out where we were going to adopt from. • Then we’d work with the people in charge and eventually figure out who we were …

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Why Haiti? And why International Adoption?

If I got $5 for every time someone has asked me that question, well, I’d have a lot more than $5, that’s for sure. Why did we choose Haiti? We didn’t. God did. Shortly after that Christmas, we were on a cruise and got to know a couple. In talking to them, we mentioned that …

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How Did It All Start?

I’m not going to take you back to the high school sweethearts going to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on their first date. I’m not going to take you back to borrowing my Dad’s car because my 1967 Volkswagen Beetle had absolutely no heat and the aforementioned sweetheart didn’t like that. I’m not going …

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Time – Wait for It

I’ll be writing more about it in the future (see what I did there – a reference to time?) but I wanted to share a couple of things about time and 2018 and how that has impacted my life. 2018 has not gone the way that I expected it would. I started out the year …

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Time – God’s Time

This really should be part 1 of the 3 part series on time – because God comes first. He created time. You know, the whole “There was evening and there was morning – the first day.” Yeah that. But in telling “my story” I’m telling it as part 3 because it is kind of a …

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Time – of Coups and Careers

February 29, 2004 – a date that altered Haitian History.   And ours. It is the day that a coup was staged in Haiti and the government was overthrown. It was a big rock thrown in the pond and the ripples went out and out and out from it.  Little did we know the ramifications of …

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Time – What Time Is It?

I can’t speak for other countries, but Americans are obessed with time. What time is it? How long does it take to get there? How long is it going to take? Buy this latest calendar/planner – it’s guaranteed to change your life and make you a multi-millionaire! (Sarcasm alert) Let me tell you two stories …

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What Matters to Me Part 2

Earlier we had talked about exploring what matters to me and what matters to you. We talked about it in somewhat general terms – and said that we’ll get more specific. Let’s get more specific. To start that out, I want to share with you a statement, I don’t believe it originated with him, that …

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Former VP Joe Biden had this to say..

Looking at Old and Seeing New Take a Knee? It all started…. Time – Wait for It Former VP Joe Biden had this to say.. Next Page »

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My Dad was a Wise Guy

Many of you know my dad.  Some of you don’t. He passed away on March 23 of this year after a 15 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ironically, it was side effects of the treatments that brought him to glory, not the cancer itself. The fact that he had cancer 4 times was a lot …

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Getting Smart

In the previous post, we talked about how it is important to push back against confusion and misunderstanding. We talked about how it’s important to push back against those because if we can clear up confusion and misunderstanding, it’s easier to push back against evil. Why? Because evil likes to create confusion. Evil likes to …

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E>C + M (Part 1)

In my previous work on behalf of children in Haiti, one of the things I learned was that E is definitely greater than C & M. But it’s a LOT easier to solve for C & M than it is to uncover E. Huh? C = Confusion M = Misunderstanding E = Evil There is …

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Understand…..

There’s a saying…. It’s hard to know who really said it first – it’s been attributed to many different people all in slightly different forms. We studied it in college. Well, it’s about history and I was pursuing a history minor, so that’s not a big surprise. What was it? “Those who fail to understand …

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