good vs evil

Words and Actions Matter

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1) I was checking out of a hotel to head to a congregation as a guest preacher.  That same weekend another angry, armed, hate-filled man attacked and killed people at worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile in Kentucky another man killed two people merely for being black. And another man sent pipe bombs to over […]

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is April 22. We still need a national day to pay tribute to Mother Nature. I grew up overlooking Lake Erie from my second floor bedroom in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cuyahoga River winds its U-shaped way through the heart of downtown, emptying into the lake. We were banned from swimming in Lake Erie for several years because the lake was so polluted our parents were sure we’d get polio if we swam in […]

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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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