It’s a Wrap!!

Tulip Time 2006 is over and the final curtain fell on The Dominie’s Wife. We had a nice run. Attendance wasn’t as strong as the past few Tulip Time shows, but that has a lot to do with the weather (if the weather’s nice, everyone stays out in the sun and in line at the poffertje stand!). A couple of fun ones:

  • I have a line about Dominie Scholte wanting to leave Holland and go to America. My line is "I have written letters to the king…it does no good" and for some reason when it came out of my mouth it was "I have written letters to the King of England." Why the King of England? Not a clue.
  • At the final performance, in our first scene, I turned to Wendy (who played my wife, Mareah) and my line was completely gone. Blank. Nothing. Nada. I stumbled and stammered. Fortunately, Wendy came to the rescue and pulled me out. Ahhhhh live theatre!
  • Lisa Witzenburg and Pat Moriarity did a great job as the narrators, but they had some fun ones, too. Lisa tells the audience "The Dominie’s first wife died and left him with three children" only one night it came out "The Dominie’s wife left him" (As if we needed MORE scandal in a small town like this). Maybe she left him and went to Wales and THAT’S why I wrote the King of England – looking for her! Yeah! Yeah! That’s the ticket!

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Chapter-a-Day Colossians 2

I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or "the Secret." Colossians 2:4 (TM)

Stuff like the DaVinci code and the Gospel of Judas have been around since the early days of the church. Wherever you find truth, close by you’ll find someone bending it, warping it, shaping it for their own ends (spiritual, emotional and/or material). The thing I love about the Gospel is that it’s very simple:

  1. We’re sinners deserving of death & judgment.
  2. We can’t possibly be ‘good enough’ or ‘do enough’ to earn our way back into God’s grace.
  3. God sent His own Son, Jesus to suffer and die in our place.
  4. Jesus rose from the grave, conquering death, and offering eternal life to any who would believe The Message and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

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Chapter-a-Day Colossians 2

I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or "the Secret." Colossians 2:4 (TM)

Stuff like the DaVinci code and the Gospel of Judas have been around since the early days of the church. Wherever you find truth, close by you’ll find someone bending it, warping it, shaping it for their own ends (spiritual, emotional and/or material). The thing I love about the Gospel is that it’s very simple:

  1. We’re sinners deserving of death & judgment.
  2. We can’t possibly be ‘good enough’ or ‘do enough’ to earn our way back into God’s grace.
  3. God sent His own Son, Jesus to suffer and die in our place.
  4. Jesus rose from the grave, conquering death, and offering eternal life to any who would believe The Message and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

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Chapter-a-Day Colossians 1

[Jesus] was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. Colossians 1:17 (TM)

I have read in different magazines about the dark matter that holds the universe together. Atoms, the basic building blocks of matter, have all these protons and neturons that are spinning around, but you have to have space to spin around in, right? There’s actually more space in matter than matter. So how does it all hold together without spinning out of control? Science calls it "dark matter." Colossians calls it Jesus.

Opening Night!

Footlights The stage was set, we had a good house and the curtain went up on time at 7:00. It was a great opening night for The Dominie’s Wife! I was so happy to have family and friends there. My folks came down, and Wendy’s Grandma, Aunt and Great Aunt were there. Kevin and Becky Roose also came down from Des Moines.

I tell you what, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a production that ran as smoothly and with less effort. I keep waiting for the wheels to fall off somewhere. The only problem we had was the old guy’s hearing aid in the front of the house that kept feeding back with a terrible high pitched squeak (it was an older crowd last night!). One show down – three more to go!

Chapter-a-Day Hosea 14

"I [God] am like a luxuriant fruit tree. Everything you need is to be found in me." Hosea 14:8b (TM)

Since Wendy and I have been doing this production about the hardy pioneers who came to America and founded Pella, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about our rugged individualism. I think there’s something inherent in our culture that likes to do things on our own – not be dependent on others, and I think that sometimes affects our relationship with God. We may hear God say "everything you need is to be found in me" but we don’t want to accept it – we can manage well enough on our own thank you very much. There are times I think I’d do well to be less of a rugged individual and more of a gracious recipient of God’s provision.

Straight “A”s for Maddy Kate!

Report_cardThere was an envelope from the Middle School in the mail the other day. I opened it up to find Madison’s 3rd Quarter grades and it was great to see the whole column filled with the capital letter "A"! Madison has been working hard at school. She’s been struggling to get her grades up and had a few "C"s in the first quarter. It was so cute. When I showed Madison her grades she started screaming and jumping up and down (as she talked on the cell phone, of course).  Way to go, Madison!!!

Just another wayfarer on life's journey, headed for Home. I'm carrying The Message, and I'm definitely waiting for Guffman.

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