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Framing Epiphany

Our calendars fill with special days. We circle them on our datebook or diary. We set annual reminders on our cell phones. We want to remember birthdays and anniversaries. We love to celebrate New Year’s and Valentine’s, Martin Luther King Jr. and Canada Day, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. Or […]


Reflections on Israel 4

Granite Springs Family, It has been a few months since I moved from Northern California and settled into a new city and a new job in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  My work as a Pastor of Community and Discipleship at Alger Park Christian Reformed Church has been a real blessing and […]


You Will Find a Home Here 1

A refuge is defined as a place where you are sheltered from trouble. A safe place. We all know what it is like to long for this type of protection and in our yearning, we seek illusions of refuge in things that we can control; the next Neftlix episode, the […]


Learning the Rhythms of Grace 1

You might be familiar with the idea of a teaching hospital. Maybe you know someone who has done medical training at one or maybe you have first hand experience as a medical professional yourself. Maybe you have watched one of many medical dramas that take advantage of the energy, excitement […]


Gospel in a Handshake

After a worship service a couple of years ago, a staff person (a delightful Peruvian woman who greets everyone, both first time attendees and dearly loved regulars, with a warm South American hug) was handed a note, “Dear Friends, on Sunday during the Passing of the Peace, we wonder: How […]


Dear Friends: A Letter from Sam 5

Dear Friends, My time at Granite Springs is drawing to a close.  Like I’ve expressed to so many of you, I have mixed emotions.  Of course, there is great joy – Kelly and I are engaged and I’ve moving to Grand Rapids Michigan start our life together.  I’m extremely grateful […]


We Will Sing, Sing an Old Song 2

We don’t have to be musicians to know the power of music. We carry music with us through all the places of our lives and in all the places in our hearts. And in especially potent moments, the music may well do the carrying. David, a man after God’s own […]


A Heart Like His: David’s Journey

I find it curious that despite his many flaws David is given a generous title: a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14).  One of my favorite questions to ask friends and family at times has been “why is David called – a man after God’s own heart?”  Those […]