Saturday, May 11, 2024

Cool Quote

Here's a cool quote that I'm going to use in my sermon tomorrow . . .

In a word, what the soul is to the body, Christians are to the world. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians throughout the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body but is not of the body. Likewise Christians dwell in the world but are not of the world.  . . . The flesh hates the soul and wages war against it, even though it has suffered no wrong, because it is hindered from indulging in its pleasures. Similarly the world also hates the Christians, even though it has suffered no wrong, because they set themselves against its pleasures. [But] The soul loves the flesh that hates it and its members, and Christians love those who hate them. The soul is enclosed in the body, but it holds the body together. And though Christians are detained in the world as if in a prison, they in fact hold the world together. . . . Such is the important position to which God has appointed them, and it is not right for them to decline it. 

from: Letter to Diognetus, in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Vol. IVb, John 11-21, p. 244

Saturday, May 4, 2024


Saw this in Saint Louis this week. Walking to our restaurant for dinner as the sun was going down, this jet trail caught the last remnants of sun light and glowed red. Never saw that before! Pretty cool. (If you can't see well, click on the picture to magnify it and you'll see it better. :-)

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Graduation Pictures

Some pictures from the graduation from Wittenberg Academy. Although there are still four weeks of classes left, the annual family retreat is when they officially recognize the graduates.

Diploma cover . . .

. . . and not empty!

With friends and fellow graduates.

And us!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Couple More Pictures

A couple more pictures from the North Shore of Minnesota and from Minneapolis . . .

We hiked to some waterfalls in Gooseberry Creek State Park.

If you look between heads, you'll notice a furry guy relaxing in the tree . . .

This "sloth"-ful guy! 

Lake Superior


Tuesday, April 23, 2024


Yesterday we flew to Minneapolis (even though our stewardess kept calling it Minnie-annapolis! Maybe she was originally from Maryland?). Anyway, first took an very early morning flight from DC to Chicago, and then we were to fly to Minneapolis. However, when we got to Chicago, they had switched airplanes on us and the new one had fewer seats - so they were now overbooked by 9. So they asked for 9 volunteers to give up their seats for a $500 voucher. A couple did so. I inquired, but the next available flight out was 2:30 in the afternoon - about a 6 hour wait for us. We had plans to visit a state park after getting to Minnesota, so no, not yet. A few more persons inquired, but no other takers. Still needed 7 more.

They asked a couple more times - no takers. They said: come up and we'll let you know how much the voucher will be. Still no takers. It was now getting very close to boarding time, so they were getting desperate. They announced $1,000 vouchers, then $1,050. We decided that was worth the wait. So we went up and gave up our seats. By the end of it all, we got $1,200 each for our seats which only cost us $200 to begin with! (Plus they rebooked us on the later flight.) So while waiting around wasn't the greatest, in the end we had 3,600 good reasons to do so! :-) Yee-haw! Thanks American Airlines!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A Senior Picture

My youngest is a High School senior this year. Soon she will be off to college. For the past few years she has been a member of The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra, a select, audition-only, group of High School students from all about the DC area. Here is the picture they took of all the seniors after their last concert. (Not their final concert! That's coming up in May. :-)

Quite a good looking group, yes? (Though I may be biased . . .)