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Giving thanks for Sumner | Sumner Mayor Update

As the turkey is roasting, and I gather with family and friends, I want to pause and take a moment to share gratitude for things we enjoy here in Sumner.

  • Nov 23rd, 2016

 

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Parades, tree lightings kick off holiday season

Holiday events in Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake and Sumner.

 

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You can’t see it, but believe it | Sumner Mayor Update

Think about how much life would be different without the conveniences and infrastructure we use but don’t necessarily see.

  • Nov 16th, 2016

 

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The blessings of America | Sumner Mayor Update

In a week that includes both elections and Veteran’s Day, it’s an appropriate time to be reminded of the freedoms we have in America. I got extra perspective of that last week.

  • Nov 10th, 2016
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‘The Girl on the Train’: Good film and even better read

Rachel Watson watches Jess and Jason every morning and afternoon when she takes the train to and from London. She watches them when the train stops in front of their house. She thinks about how Jess is probably artistic or that Jason is some sort of doctor since he tends to be absent for days at a time. Even though she has never met Jess or Jason, it’s comforting to see them everyday. The smallest things can make a difference, especially when your life has fallen apart slowly, but surely.

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Beyond Sumner’s ghosts | Sumner Mayor Update

Halloween derived from All Hallow’s Eve, the night before religious groups remembered loved ones who had gone before them. Whether or not you still celebrate the religious holidays, it’s a nice thought in the wake of Halloween’s candy rush to set aside time to think about those who have gone before us.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016
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Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation still looking for votes for $25,000 grant

This week is the last week Enumclaw residents can help the Rainier…

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Parenting is a humbling thing | Church Corner

Being a parent is humbling. I remember when my wife Keonna was…

  • Oct 31st, 2016

God delivers a personal love letter | Church Corner

A well-known theologian, Paul Tillich, described God as "the Ground of our Being." It is God's desire to enter into our lives at the very core of our being. I have pondered over this description and what follows are some thoughts about God and God's actions in our lives.

  • Oct 16th, 2016

God delivers a personal love letter | Church Corner

A well-known theologian, Paul Tillich, described God as "the Ground of our Being." It is God's desire to enter into our lives at the very core of our being. I have pondered over this description and what follows are some thoughts about God and God's actions in our lives.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Life getting tangled? There’s one sure way to get trouble solved | Church Corner

I went on a fishing trip adventure recently with some guys…over to the Potholes in Eastern Washington. We had a great time…really an enjoyable time full of fun and good food and laughter.

  • Oct 9th, 2016

Life getting tangled? There’s one sure way to get trouble solved | Church Corner

I went on a fishing trip adventure recently with some guys...over to the Potholes in Eastern Washington. We had a great time...really an enjoyable time full of fun and good food and laughter.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

All welcome on a life changing trip | Church Corner

I have had the blessing to serve on short-term mission teams in a variety locations. Having served locally in my own community and as far away as Puerto Rico, I have found these trips to be life-changing experiences.

  • Oct 2nd, 2016

All welcome on a life changing trip | Church Corner

I have had the blessing to serve on short-term mission teams in a variety locations. Having served locally in my own community and as far away as Puerto Rico, I have found these trips to be life-changing experiences.

  • Sep 28th, 2016

We need a power greater than ourselves | Church Corner

I am confused. I have been watching all the brouhaha over the pledge of allegiance and loyalty, or disloyalty, to our country. I know there is much that needs to be fixed and there are things that people need to protest. That is our right and our responsibility.

  • Sep 26th, 2016

We need a power greater than ourselves | Church Corner

I am confused. I have been watching all the brouhaha over the pledge of allegiance and loyalty, or disloyalty, to our country. I know there is much that needs to be fixed and there are things that people need to protest. That is our right and our responsibility.

  • Sep 26th, 2016

Local pastors helping with spiritual care at hospital | Church Corner

St. Elizabeth Hospital is growing in so many wonderful and exciting ways I thought it might be good to share a few things about spiritual care at our hospital as well.

  • Sep 18th, 2016

Local pastors helping with spiritual care at hospital | Church Corner

St. Elizabeth Hospital is growing in so many wonderful and exciting ways I thought it might be good to share a few things about spiritual care at our hospital as well.

  • Sep 16th, 2016

Change comes with openness, not conflict | Church Corner

Our world is becoming more and more divided with each passing year. Not only does it seem there are more divisions than in times past, it also seems that the distance across chasms is becoming more difficult to bridge.

  • Sep 11th, 2016

Change comes with openness, not conflict | Church Corner

Our world is becoming more and more divided with each passing year. Not only does it seem there are more divisions than in times past, it also seems that the distance across chasms is becoming more difficult to bridge.

  • Sep 9th, 2016
'War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

War never changes, but it certainly changes us | Point of Review

"I wrote this book not to dissuade us from war but to understand it. It is especially important that we, who wield such massive force across the globe, see within ourselves the seeds of our own obliteration. We must guard against the myth of war and the drug of war that can, together, rend us blind and callous as some of those we battle."

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War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges. Image courtesy of Amazon Books.

War never changes, but it certainly changes us | Point of Review

"I wrote this book not to dissuade us from war but to understand it. It is especially important that we, who wield such massive force across the globe, see within ourselves the seeds of our own obliteration. We must guard against the myth of war and the drug of war that can, together, rend us blind and callous as some of those we battle."

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Give it time; view of God will come | Church Corner

It begins when you get a glimpse…

  • Aug 27th, 2016

Give it time; view of God will come | Church Corner

It begins when you get a glimpse... Maybe it's first-hand and unexpected. Suddenly and through no effort of your own, there it is staring you in the face; it's real, it's obvious and it's more significant than you would ever have guessed. It lodges somewhere within, producing a feeling that won't easily pass, and now... something will be thought of differently from here forward.

  • Aug 26th, 2016
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Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Susie Salmon had heard that when someone was about to be murdered, their last words were either "please" or "don't" or a combination of the two. Those were the only two words she could think of when her life was about to end by the hands of her neighbor, George.

  • Aug 24th, 2016
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Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Susie Salmon had heard that when someone was about to be murdered, their last words were either "please" or "don't" or a combination of the two. Those were the only two words she could think of when her life was about to end by the hands of her neighbor, George.

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Remember the Good Samaritan this presidential election | Church Corner

During an election year, people become more vocal about candidates, what they do or do not believe and whether they have the interests of all of us at the center of their policies and goals "for the future of America."

  • Aug 21st, 2016

Remember the Good Samaritan this presidential election | Church Corner

During an election year, people become more vocal about candidates, what they do or do not believe and whether they have the interests of all of us at the center of their policies and goals "for the future of America."

  • Aug 20th, 2016

We give because of what we’ve received | Church Corner

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV).

  • Aug 14th, 2016

We give because of what we’ve received | Church Corner

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV).

  • Aug 11th, 2016

We’re born with flaws, but have a path to peace | Church Corner

The greatest thing about being a pastor is the people. Old and young, tall and short, artists and engineers, introverts and extroverts, outlaw bikers and RUBs (Rich Urban Bikers), jocks and geeks, chiseled and fluffy, alcoholics and shopaholics, cranky and chill, Seahawk fans and those in denial…it is the people and the uniqueness of each relationship that makes leading a Christian community like ours such an honor.

  • Aug 7th, 2016

We’re born with flaws, but have a path to peace | Church Corner

The greatest thing about being a pastor is the people. Old and young, tall and short, artists and engineers, introverts and extroverts, outlaw bikers and RUBs (Rich Urban Bikers), jocks and geeks, chiseled and fluffy, alcoholics and shopaholics, cranky and chill, Seahawk fans and those in denial...it is the people and the uniqueness of each relationship that makes leading a Christian community like ours such an honor.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016
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What exactly is cheese? | Ask Dr. Universe

What exactly is cheese? -Mark, 11

  • Aug 2nd, 2016
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What exactly is cheese? | Ask Dr. Universe

Cheese is delicious. At least, that’s this cat’s professional opinion. For the more scientific answer, I visited the cheese makers here at Washington State University.

  • Aug 1st, 2016
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Share time with Jesus; it’s a life-changing relationship | Church Corner

When I read of the interactions Jesus has with people I am always floored by how simple yet profound they are. I was recently reading Luke 5:27-39 and was challenged by how Jesus so beautifully changes a man's life with two words.

  • Jul 24th, 2016

Share time with Jesus; it’s a life-changing relationship | Church Corner

When I read of the interactions Jesus has with people I am always floored by how simple yet profound they are. I was recently reading Luke 5:27-39 and was challenged by how Jesus so beautifully changes a man's life with two words

  • Jul 21st, 2016

The first step: let go, let God’s will be done | Church Corner

Recently, I have been captivated by an Old Testament story about the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Jul 17th, 2016

The first step: let go, let God’s will be done | Church Corner

Recently, I have been captivated by an Old Testament story about the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Jul 12th, 2016

Good news: God never leaves for vacation | Church Corner

Ahh…summertime! Hopefully most of us will experience a change of pace (slower) and perhaps a change of scenery (more time in the great outdoors) and maybe even a vacation! Time away, and time to play! All of us need time for refreshment, in order to recharge our batteries.

  • Jul 10th, 2016

ESPN’s 30 for 30 on O.J. Simpson is worth watching | Point of Review

The brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman took place seven days after my 5th birthday.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

Good news: God never leaves for vacation | Church Corner

Ahh...summertime! Hopefully most of us will experience a change of pace (slower) and perhaps a change of scenery (more time in the great outdoors) and maybe even a vacation! Time away, and time to play! All of us need time for refreshment, in order to recharge our batteries.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

ESPN’s 30 for 30 on O.J. Simpson is worth watching | Point of Review

The brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman took place seven days after my 5th birthday. My desire to learn more about the trial of Simpson started with the 10 episode FX show "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" and peaked with ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary "O.J.: Made in America."

Do extraordinary things through ordinary tasks

On June 12, my Sunday began like every other Sunday. The alarm went off at 6 a.m., followed by my habitual tap of the snooze button. As I slowly woke up, I began thinking about all the tasks I had for the day. Nothing out of the ordinary for a pastor on a Sunday: preparations for morning worship, reviewing my sermon in my head, remembering that day's guest teacher and the meetings I had scheduled for that afternoon. Again, nothing out of the ordinary for a pastor on a Sunday morning.

  • Jul 3rd, 2016
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How do lunar rovers work?

How do lunar rovers work? -Pedro, 10

  • Jul 2nd, 2016
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How Do lunar rovers work?| Ask Dr. Universe

When I got your question, I started to imagine what it would be like to drive a rover on the moon. As we bounced along craters, we could kick up moon dust and stop to gather samples of moon rock.

  • Jun 28th, 2016
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Do extraordinary things through ordinary tasks

On June 12, my Sunday began like every other Sunday. The alarm went off at 6 a.m., followed by my habitual tap of the snooze button.

  • Jun 28th, 2016

Our external freedoms cannot free us inwardly

1620: People flee to our shores to escape the religious persecutions in Europe.

  • Jun 26th, 2016
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What is the deepest spot in the ocean? | Ask Dr. Universe

What is the deepest spot

  • Jun 25th, 2016
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Our external freedoms cannot free us inwardly

Imperfectly implemented and often tragically late in arriving, nevertheless, the freedom for which our country is known is a rare thing in world history and has often inspired (and sometimes pressured) other nations to follow suit. Consider, for instance, both that monumental “thumbs up” from France that stands in New York’s harbor and, at another end of the spectrum, the fact that Saudi Arabia finally granted women the right to vote only seven months ago.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016
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What is the deepest spot in the ocean?| Dr. Universe

Deep underwater, not too far from Guam, lies a crescent-shaped canyon called the Mariana Trench. It is home to the deepest known spot in the ocean: the Challenger Deep.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016
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