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Living in a land of confusion

Right is wrong, wrong is right, males are females, females are males, the world is flat, the world is round, who can make sense of all this nonsense. Those of us who live by the Bible understand and know first-hand that Satan is the author of confusion. The play book has always been the same, ...

Dengler Domain: Art

In a world where everything goes as fast as possible, time should be taken to appreciate parts of life which are not meant to be commodified. This means art, specifically, is done as a passion whether it is painting, drawings, writing, or performing. Some are lucky enough to create art which ...

Covid, Snow, and Canceling Church

It's Saturday night, the snow is falling, and inquiring minds want to know: “Are you going to cancel church?” My pastoral policy is this: “If I can be there, we’ll have church. I trust people to decide if it’s safe for them.” After the most recent Big Snow at the beginning of ...

Dengler Domain: Beginning farmer

To be a beginning farmer today if one does not have access to land and machinery from family or an older farmer is not wise. This is not good for rural Iowa. Rural Iowa succeeded when more farmers were on the land. As Iowa heads down this current path, there is not an effective way out. Schools ...

Dengler Domain: The ball don’t lie

In Governor Kim Reynolds 2022 campaign ad, it ends with the words “Here in Iowa…America Still Works.” Does it? What version of American is Kim Reynolds envisioning? Her vision appears increasingly to be one where people at the bottom of the economic totem pole are stiffed while the top ...

On Nature: Good Environmental News

At the start of the year, it is good to reflect on the past year. While there were many environmental challenges during 2023, there were also some successes. Most notable were the outcomes from the COP23 climate summit. For the first time, the countries called for a transition away from fossil ...

Laity Reflection: Sorting it Out

One of the things that happens when one retires should be sorting things out and getting rid of most of the boxes & drawers of accumulated "treasures". The dent I have made in my “savings” so far has been slower than I would like, but I’m not giving up! This reflection includes ...

Dengler Domain: Journalism

Last week, Sports Illustrated laid off most of its staff according to various reports. While it is not surprising, considering the state of Sports Illustrated, it is sad. Growing up, there was a time when I looked forward to getting this magazine each Thursday. I did not read it all, but I ...

Pastor’s Corner: The Devil Went Down To Iowa

There is no neutral. The government is not neutral. The public schools are not neutral. It’s not truly possible for any institution to be neutral because there will always be a worldview and ideology at the center, directing its decisions, values, and goals. The attempt at neutrality ...

On Nature: Energy Innovation Act

There have been many measures considered to combat climate change, but the recently introduced bipartisan “Energy Innovation Act” may be the best one. Although all the co-sponsors are Democrats, several Republicans have shown an interest in the bill. It also has the support of environmental ...