Turning Points

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Prov. 22:6 NIV) Some moments are indelibly edged in my memory. Standing in the kitchen of my old Ohio farmhouse talking by phone with the Executive Director responsible for Lutherhill in Texas is one such moment. I remember telling him why I was interested in working at Lutherhill as a Program Director. I’d taken […]

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Scrooby, England – Late 1500’s

“We follow the rules laid out in the Bible for running our church.”  William Brewster (via BrainyQuote) Apparently my great-great-great something grandparents were expelled from St. Wilfrid in Scrooby because they defied the laws of the land at the time by not worshiping in this Anglican parish. They worshiped instead with the trouble-makers of their day – the Separatists.  Most people pick up the Pilgrim story with the arrival of the Mayflower in Cape Cod […]

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The Mayflower

Whether one traces his Americanism back three centuries to the Mayflower, or three years to the steerage, is not half so important as whether his Americanism of today is real and genuine. No matter by what various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat. Calvin Coolidge The Mayflower is arguably one of the more famous ships in nautical history. Had it not carried the Pilgrims across the stormy north Atlantic […]

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2017 Goal: Do the research on William Brewster’s Legacy

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David – William Brewster 1566 – 1644 Our mother, the research librarian, spent many hours of her later years documenting our family’s connection to William Brewster of the Mayflower. Our branch of the family loses the Brewster name here in this graveyard in Duncan Falls, Ohio. Several of my ancestors lived and died in this community not many miles Southeast of Columbus. […]

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Wherever Two or Three are Gathered There’s Potential for Conflict

So, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24) Many years ago I was a lay member of a congregation the bishop credited as being the most conflicted congregation he’d ever had to manage in his […]

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