Video of the aftermath of Heartland EFC’s fire

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This past week, just five days after the fire, I met with a 5-year old girl to talk about the fire. Her room in the church was one of the places that burned, and she was having a hard time understanding how fire had permanently damaged that familiar space. We looked at photos of the room, and tried to help her express her feelings about the black smoke on her toy kitchen and the missing ceiling tiles.My own 9-year old daughter, three days after the fire, on the way back from a family dinner … [Read more...]

Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor

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"The past is never dead, it is not even past." ~William Faulkner It's January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There's not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily temps, are in the teens or single digits. What's more, the holidays have reminded us of, not only the people who are with us, but also of those who are not. This Christmas and New Year, my heart was e … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

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“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]

Where is God in Wicked Times?

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I’m particularly thankful for a blogging platform on days like today. All of us feel a complexity of emotions immediately following announcements like the one we heard this morning. Many of us wish we could climb to the tallest peak and scream out our sadness, confusion, and a dozen other raw, anxious emotions that we’re feeling. I appreciate the chance to do a little of that here.At this moment, I’m feeling intensely sad—twelve souls passed immediately into eternity this morning by the hands … [Read more...]


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