Lots of things to talk about today. As a pastor, everything I try to write is from a Biblical perspective or slant. You expect that and I try to deliver. Sometimes, you may not think so as I reflect on the culture and do so in light of what the Bible has to say. Having prefaced that remark, …

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I had the journalistic opportunity to interview a primary candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination. It’s nothing new for an Iowa community journalist of 43 years. Iowa’s first in the nation caucus makes newspaper writers targets for candidates looking for free publicity.

There is a statewide (maybe nationwide) problem nagging high school football. If we already didn’t have enough to fuss about with concussion hysteria and parents concerned about injuries, now we are facing a growing numbers problem which is directly affecting the play of freshmen.

It is so hard to believe we are now in fall. Summer flew by and think on this. Christmas is less than three months away. Fall is a favorite season for so many. It is a beautiful time of year to be sure.

When my three nephews were growing up, they each had their own unique personalities, and still do. They are great young men now living in different parts of the country with their own wonderful families.

I have this bulletin board in my office with all sorts of stuff pinned on it. In a nutshell, it contains parts and pieces of what is most important to me, or what makes me laugh. Whenever I need encouragement, or if I’m stuck trying to come up with something for a column, I sit and stare at …

Let me write this as clearly and succinctly as I can. It is never appropriate, wise or helpful in any way, shape or form, to call out kids on Facebook for things that happen on the field of play. Or in drama, music, art or FFA. Never. Not from high school girlfriends, not from grandparents o…

This is such an important exciting time of year if you are a sports fan. Major League Baseball season is in the home stretch ( and finally the Cardinals are making some noise), the Iowa Cubs are in the playoffs, college football and high school football are under way, volleyball and cross co…

You hear a lot about wealth in our nation. Wall Street and the state of the economy get a lot of play. Our President and most Congressmen are wealthy. Professional athletes make unreal salaries. Every year various magazines list the 100 richest people in the country. We have more millionaire…

For as long as I remember, I’ve had an affinity to old cars. I don’t know why. I didn’t get it from my dad. I had a tear in my eye at the age of five when he drove the 1949 Ford pick-up down the road for the last time, bringing home a much newer, much larger, much better hog hauling pick-up …

Pretty much the extent of my 2019 vacationing was a day and a half out of the work week and a Saturday. I told my wife she could have me for two days (Thursday and Friday) and she reminded me that I worked seven hours on Thursday before we took off for Ankeny.

Fifty years ago, when I was 15 years old, heading into my sophomore year of high school, there is no way I could have known a half century later, the United States would be talking about 1969 as a seminal year of American history.

I would be the first to tell you that every day when you roll out of bed is not necessarily a good day. But then again, that is in retrospect. Some days start out better than others for one reason or another. For one reason or another, some days just don’t go so well. Yet, every day of life …

I’ve been sitting in the editor’s chair way too long to be super impressed by any political candidate or any super star for that matter. Once you interview Jimmy Carter and Barbara Bush, have a sit down with Mike Ditka and Reggie White, there’s not a whole lot of room to grow. I’ve talked to…

It seems like many times over the last few years I have talked to you about mass shootings that are happening in our nation and this week we have seen it happen again in El Paso and Dayton.

Donald Trump is now a far worse racist today than he was a couple of days ago because he dared state the truth about the inner city of Baltimore. It’s likely he would have turned off his tweet machine had Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings not brutalized Trump’s Department of Human Service…

You know everyone has needs in life. I can sit here right now and ask you for what needs you have and I bet you, like me, can list them pretty easily. And, of course, you probably already know where I am going. The key question is, can God meet all my needs? Notice, I did not say your wants.…

I have always been fascinated with Israel not just from a Biblical perspective but also a historical one. It has captivated the world for centuries. Israel, of course, was an ancient and powerful kingdom with a checkered past whom God used mightily to change and save the world.

A TWEET BY President Trump and an ensuing chant at one of his rallies has people on the left in a mouth frothing, hysterical rage accusing the President of racism.

I guess you could call me a Son of the Sun. I was born in July 65 years ago during a brutal heat wave in Iowa that had people who suffered with the summers of 1935 and 1936 talking about which summer was more miserable.

Tomorrow is July 4. It is Independence Day. It is a day where picnics are held, ball games are played, fireworks are displayed and parades are seen. But back in 1776, the only fireworks took place in Philadelphia where a group of patriots had gathered from the 13 colonies to take the momento…

You don’t have to be a big women’s soccer fan to be drawn in to the success of Team U.S.A. I got home in time Friday to see about half the match against France. Beating up France is good for the American soul. I watched the Spanish version of the win against Great Britain. Yeah goalie!

How the Democrat Party has allowed Alexandria Ocazio-Cortez to be the spokesman for the party and its progressive movement is beyond explanation. It partly shows how utterly undisciplined Democrats are in the Congress in not bridling this young dimwit.

This Sunday, one of Albia's great guys wraps up a 12-year career in Albia and at age 80 does not ride off into the sunset but rather heads into Liberty, Mo., to take on a new assignment serving God.

I’ve really never had a problem with weight gain or obesity, mostly because I’ve been an exercise devotee for all of my adult life. I never understood why a person would work like a dog playing sports in high school and then quit. Football, baseball and track in high school morphed into hand…

This weekend, one of my favorite events to see and help and emcee takes place. It is the big car and tractor show on the square in Albia which I hope you will attend. Last year there was a record number of cars. DeWayne Repp and his many workers and supporters do such a splendid job and vint…

This Sunday is Father's Day. It is the first one in 67 years I have not had my dad to observe it with. It has been nearly five months since his passing at 101. I think about him every day... things he said, things he did, advice he gave. He is in so many ways still with me. He, more than eve…

There was another in what seems like an endless parade of stupid multiple postings on Facebook that my wife showed me. The more I attempt to ignore Facebook, the more it seems like trying to escape the ancient party line telephone system I grew up with on the farm. It was haunted by my grand…

I don’t know that President Trump lies or doesn’t lie any more or any less than other Presidents in recent history. Just last week, President Obama, taking his show on the road to Brazil, told an audience there that Americans can buy machine guns on the Internet.

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Europe. The great author Vornelius Ryan wrote a book in about 1960 which I read as a kid called “The Longest Day.” It chronicled the invasion of Fortress Europa. Nazi Germany had thrust the world into the abyss under Hitler. Mill…

My mother, who was a career stay-at-home mom and farm wife, was actually an accomplished writer in her own right, did a column for our local newspaper called “Family Matters,” and occasionally wrote a sort of poetic prose, not unlike Dr. Suess, but not so crazy.

I’m not sure why this has never occurred to me before, but as I was sitting at the Albia high school’s senior awards ceremony, I thought my eighth grade granddaughter needs to be hearing this. She was at the movies with her buddies.

Deadly tornadoes in Adair County this week remind us all that in the tranquility of our lives, there remains great uncertainty. Things can be going along wonderfully well and yet it all can change so quickly.

It’s that time of year when you ought to be thinking about graduations. Depending on your age and whether or not you actually have children and grandchildren, you might be thinking about pre-school graduation, eighth grade graduation, high school graduation or college graduation.

Sunday is Mother's Day. It is a unique day in it's conception and practice here in America. It is a day where moms are usually feted to flowers, a dinner out and a card or variations of the above. It is a day that can be happy as moms are honored and families get together or where some sadne…

There was a long story in the Des Moines Register on Wednesday that was heart-wrenching on the one hand and infuriating on the other. It was about a 94-year-old WWII Navy veteran whose son had cared for him until dementia, physical instability and gyrating emotional issues set in.

I remember when I was a kid, the older folks I would hang around, i.e. grandparents, would occasionally use a word you hardly hear any more- gumption. Do you use that word? Few do.

People in San Diego are looking for answers where there are none to be found. From all accounts, a kid who attends with his parents a Presbyterian Church, is a talented pianist and good student (albeit very quiet), walks into a Synagogue just a ways down the street, pulls a semi-automatic ri…

Hope you all had a blessed Easter. Would appreciate prayers for my mom, Gladys, having some problems with a leg wound. It’s not serious but could be. So far, ok. But just ok.

I don’t know Andy McKean, the Anamosa Iowa House member who announced he was leaving the Republican Party to caucus with the Democrats in the Iowa House because he doesn’t like Donald Trump. Maybe he’s a nice guy and his leaving the GOP is a great moral leap of faith.

We are in the next to last Sunday of my series on God’s love and its impact on our lives. Next week, I will bring you my column just prior to Good Friday and Easter. Today I want to talk to you about reconciling broken relationships and I am talking not only about our relationship with God b…

It’s like when one of the 20 Democrat candidates for President offer something really stupid to the national discussion, there is a pile on. The latest completely ditsy idea being brought forward by any number of socialists is a very tired platform plank called “reparations.”

I hope you are able to go to the Lenten Luncheons at St. Mary’s every Tuesday. Good cause for charity. Also, take advantage of all the opportunities across denominational lines at various churches as we move ever closer to Easter which is April 21. Holy Week is very near as it begins with Pa…

I’m not exactly sure what members of the Democrat branch of the Me Too Movement are trying to prove with accusations of unwanted touching by former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. If you Google “Creepy Uncle Joe” you’re going to find photographs from 30 years ago that portray the …