100 years of Psalm 100
Editorial | Family Life | Opinion

100 years of Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,……..bring sunshine into every room, pass out smiles like peppermints. What tricks you must have played, having an identical twin sister, so alike that even your father had to tickle you both and watch for Paula’s dimple to say, “Oh, that one’s Ali!” Worship the Lord with…

Our Narrow Now
Editorial | Media & Culture

Our Narrow Now

During the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recurring theme in my industry was fatigue. Many of us were working longer hours to help our organizations weather the storm, and the pace went from fast to frantic overnight. You could see it in people’s faces and detect it lurking behind emails sent at…

Courage for the Future
Editorial | Education

Courage for the Future

Here in the U.S., we have, just now, the oddest relationship with the word “normal.” In the spring, we’d type promises to each other, to have dinner or a beer “when things are back to normal.” At some point everyone started adding scare quotes to “normal.” Now we say things like, “I’d love to see…

Wings of Grace
Editorial | Media & Culture | Opinion

Wings of Grace

My friend’s son came home from his first week of school, saying “Mom, now we have to guess our spelling words; the teacher doesn’t say them anymore.”  “That can’t be right!” she replied, asking more questions until she understood his confusion. His class has been merged with another grade for the first time, and while…

Flight Patterns
Editorial | Media & Culture

Flight Patterns

Not all words have wings. Some are just box printed, quick texted and rarely get lift off. So as we sit perched on Christian Courier’s 75th anniversary, we are left to wonder: what boundless grace has granted us the privilege to write, print, share, preach, laugh and walk together all of these years? May we…

The Hardscrabble History of a Proud Prairie Church
Church Life | Editorial | History | Opinion

The Hardscrabble History of a Proud Prairie Church

The endless prairie all around is so bereft of people and buildings today that coming up on St. Stephenie Scandinavian Church from any direction is a resounding joy, even though the old church is but a shell of its former self. It’s hard to imagine the neighborhood teeming with Danes and Bohemians and Virginians, a Great Plains melting pot, each family – eleventy-seven kids too – trying to make a go of it on 80 acres.

7 Tickets to Scotland Just Before the World Shut Down
Editorial | Holidays | Opinion

7 Tickets to Scotland Just Before the World Shut Down

For five months now, we’ve sheltered-in-place and hoped that would beat the pandemic. We’re grieving our losses, braced for the next plot twist. It feels like we’ve left the literature section and entered science fiction. Headlines have an apocalyptic tone. “What is it all for?” Frodo, bone-weary with his burden, asks Sam in The Two Towers.

Say Their Names
Editorial | Politics | Social Justice

Say Their Names

My heart broke when I heard that a police officer had killed another Black man. My first response was “Not again!” When I finally saw the video of George Floyd’s death, I was upset and angry. I do not typically curse, but this time I did, and I prayed. It was unbelievable to see a white police officer pressing his foot on the neck of Mr. Floyd with a hand in his pocket in the presence of other police officers and bystanders.

Two Truths and a Lie
Editorial

Two Truths and a Lie

Are you familiar with the ice breaker “Two Truths and a Lie”? The game requires participants to share three statements about themselves – two sentences that are true and one that is false. The rest of the group tests their knowledge of the individual in question and tries to spot the lie. For example: I’ve completed the Camino, I own a horse, and I love to rock climb. Which one doesn’t quite sound like me?

The Dog I Didn’t Know We Needed
Editorial

The Dog I Didn’t Know We Needed

We spent most of January in our backyard, avoiding a virus. Yep, January. It was because of our puppy. She was two months old and unvaccinated, so staying home kept her safe from canine parvovirus, an infection that kills 91 percent of untreated dogs. But the risks of not socializing a puppy are also real: without being exposed to new people, animals, sounds and places at a young age, dogs react badly to new things later on.

My Mentor Bert
Editorial

My Mentor Bert

The week that Bert Witvoet died, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and Canadians began hoarding toilet paper. “At last!” I imagined him saying. “No toilet paper? This could be Christian Courier’s moment – people will need newspapers again!” The joke might look a little bald here, but I’m pretty sure Bert could carry it off.