Category: Reflections

Posted on: March 30, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

These Three Remain…

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” When you spend some of your final minutes making this kind of point, it’s probably pretty important. Earlier Jesus said it’s THE MOST IMPORTANT commandment, the one upon which everything else depends. LOVE is …

Posted on: March 28, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

A Living…Or A Life?

I recall only one detail from my 1969 campus tour at Iowa State University. Friendly student ambassadors explained procedures and traditions as they showed us around the main buildings. Here’s ISU’s Memorial Student Union, a wonderful, grand building dedicated to graduates who perished during WWI. Lots of history, a place of …

Posted on: March 20, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 1

Just Tell Me The Answers

“Can you help with homework?” The former math teacher occasionally gets a call, often on a weekend. And while I love to help, I’ve discovered I’m not a very good tutor. I was a big-picture type teacher, never believed in recipes or easy shortcuts. I wanted kids to work things …

Posted on: March 5, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Couch Courage

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS! Are you? We’d like to follow this biblical encouragement passed from Moses to Joshua to all of us. Who doesn’t want to be *courageous*? Stand for justice? Save the kid from a burning building? Take a bullet for a friend? Followers of Jesus are courageous…right? “Take …

Posted on: February 23, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Are The Times A-Changin?

“Those kids are INCREDIBLE!” Maybe you’re heard a similar sentiment lately. Maybe you’re among those who are surprised as passionate, articulate young people step forward following another tragedy to claim #neveragain. We’ve heard all about how these spoiled, entitled millennials with noses buried in their phones would be the end …

Posted on: February 20, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

When You Need A Shepherd

Grief’s a funny thing. Not funny/haha but funny/ironic. Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross demonstrated that grief progresses through similar stages across cultures, but no two individuals navigate their grief in precisely the same manner. It’s a completely universal human experience, yet we each experience it in our own unique manner. In a …

Posted on: February 5, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

A Tale Of Two Tests

Psych 101, Iowa State University, Fall 1969. Maybe 200-300 students in a creaky old lecture hall, professor droning, me taking notes with one question in mind: Will this be on the test? Came home (yes, I lived at home) from my very first college midterm exam and told my mom …

Posted on: January 24, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Marking The Trail

How did the story go from there to here? My friend asked about RELENTLESS GRACE. She wanted to understand the process that led from injury to despair to depression to 1500-mile bike ride to FREEDOM TOUR. It’s a story I’ve told countless times, but on this occasion I used a …

Posted on: January 15, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

What Would He Say?

I sometimes imagine conversations with famous (often dead) people. When I visit a museum or memorial I often visualize conversing with Lincoln, Jefferson, or Kennedy. As I learn about them I wonder what they’d say about a given topic or how their ideas might have evolved. It’s one silly way …

Posted on: January 8, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Confusing Notions About Respect

Lots of talk these days about respect, or really lack of respect, in public discourse. I think a lot of people confuse and conflate “respect” with other ideas. Here are some thoughts adapted from a 3-year-old post and ideas I owe to my friend Eric Larsen. When you step into …

Posted on: January 2, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

The Very Long Arc

Earthrise, Christmas Eve, 1968. Orbiting the desolate moon in the Apollo 8 spacecraft, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman were the first humans to see the Earth as a solitary oasis suspended in darkness. I remember sitting in front of a B&W TV as the crew read in turn …

Posted on: December 29, 2017 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

In The Aftermath

When you travel for Christmas, the drive home is always longer. You know the feeling, right? Same roads, same distance, but somehow the return trip, minus the anticipation and excitement, isn’t as much fun. The aftermath is always a bit of a letdown. I see it with the FREEDOM TOUR, …