Those Tiny Ice Cream Tasting Spoons

People had mentioned how great the ice cream is Young's Jersey Dairy near Yellow Springs, but being a city boy, I wasn't much interested in making the 45-60 minute drive east of Dayton to a dairy for a scoop of ice cream. I mean, a scoop of UDF is plenty good enough, and they bring it…

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How Spin Class Is Like a Worship Service Part 2

I'm just jumping right back in with no recap from the last post, so you may want to check out Part 1. The Bike/Seat Depending on the popularity of the coach, as well as the time the class is offered, it may be necessary to get to class early to get a bike. I always…

50 Miles for Charity

A couple months ago I wrote about the Tour de H2O, a charity bike ride I planned to participate in. My goal was to raise $500 as part of the group effort to construct a clean water system for a school in Kenya. I'm happy to say I met my goal, and then some. I…

Back in Business

There's a little ice cream shop in the small town where we live. There are two, actually. One, a soft-serve place that's been around for decades by the look of it. The other, which opened up last year, offers hard ice cream -- or, as some of the folks call it around here, hand-dipped. The later…

A Truck Made with Forks?

Last Friday night, I called in an order at the local pizza place here in the small town where we live. Because I seldom have cash and I'm unsure whether their delivery guys can take my debit card, I usually go pick up the pizza. It's less than a mile from our house anyway. Cindy…

Serving Suggested: Thoughts on Dessert Cereal

In her book on writing, Anne Lamott recommends for all rookie writers to begin with childhood, specifically what school lunch was like. Write everything you can remember, she says, about school lunch. What you ate, what others ate, what you and they traded for. Everything. I suppose, as she recommends, I could begin here, and…

An Objection to the Worship Budget

At my church, a Brethren denomination that has German Baptist roots, we hold an annual council meeting every October. These are mostly business meetings for the election of committee chairs and such, as well as for the approval of the next year's budget. Each of us pastors is expected to give a brief summary of our particular ministry. I'll never forget the meeting in 2010.