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Sports and 4th Grade Boys

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Father Knows Best, But Not Sports My father, Robert V. Tieche, was a brilliant engineer who was fundamentally uninterested in professional sports. So growing up, televised sports played about a big a role in my early life, as did, say, …

To Justus: on his 9th Birthday

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This was you, born 7:50am on March 12, 2005. This was the sign that we were given by our friends to put on our front lawn to let our neighbors know we had a baby. This is you now.

40 Days Until Easter :: Friday, March 2

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Editor’s Note: Ever forgotten Valentine’s Day? Or your friend’s birthday? Yeah, it doesn’t feel good. Hasty preparations say, “Hey. I know I *say* you’re important to me, but really, you’re not.” Easter has a way of just sneaking up on …

Hume Lake :: High School Parent Letter

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Hello Parents of Hume Lake Campers! Our High Schooler’s trip to Hume Lake – Feb. 24-26th – is so close! We are so excited that your student is able to come with us on this amazing trip. This email is …

Hume Lake :: Junior High Parent Letter

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Hello Parents of Hume Lake Campers! Our Junior High Schooler’s trip to Hume Lake – Feb. 10-13th – is so close! We are so excited that your student is able to come with us on this amazing trip. This email …

Indecision 2012 :: Part One

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NOTE: Being an American Christian during the Presidential Election cycle can be really confusing. But it’s even *more* maddening if you’re a pastor. The rhetoric cranks up about four notches and loads of people (other pastors, your own congregants, the …

Three Stories of Christmas

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The reason we do not run to God is because we do not know how much trouble we are in. – Dallas Willard Why Jesus’ Birth Even Matters This Christmas, at Family Community Church, we tried to answer the question, …

Grandma Tubbs :: Bowel Movements + Communists = Awkward Conversations

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So every year, at Christmas, we go home to Michigan to visit my wife’s family, specifically her mom. This is always fun, but in recent years, I’ve very much enjoyed conversations with my 97-year old step-Grandmother-in-law. Her name is Thelma. …

Blast from the past: Senior Pictures

I often wish I’d met Nicole when we were in high school. With her hair and my shirt, we could’ve taken over the world.

Laughter is the best Mexican

I took the following pictures during my recent vacation to the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. I knew I should have gone with that one-piece or that darling tankini from J Crew. This icon was on every single trash …