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Best Laid Plans…

by Bryan Bice

We had some good plans— worthwhile, helpful, and productive plans. But you know how quickly your plans can go awry, right? On the last Sunday of 2018, my wife Chris planned to stop by our son and daughter-in-law’s house to pick up our grandson for church. The whole family wasn’t able to make it because […]

Here We Go Again!

by Bryan Bice

How many times over the past few weeks have you heard maxims that sound like these: “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming […]

Come and Rest….

by Bryan Bice

Prior to 1992, I’d never been to Vermont. To this mostly Midwestern guy, the small northeastern state might as well have been a foreign country, for all I knew of it, which was almost nothing. But in July of that year, I received and accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Church in Shelburne, a […]

THE Watershed

by Bryan Bice

The Appalachian, the Pacific Crest, and the Continental Divide are the three great long-distance hikes in the United States. Each is over 2,000 miles long and takes the typical thru-hiker 5 months or more to traverse. An interesting feature of each is that somewhere along the trail, the hiker will walk along a ridgeline that […]

Snow Treasures

by Bryan Bice

In 2014 in the Scottish region of Fife, 14-year-old David Hall was doing a bit of exploring with his metal detector when, suddenly, it started beeping like crazy! You ever been to the beach and seen the old guys out there with their metal detectors, hoping to find a quarter or two, or maybe a […]

Uh-Oh! Different Gifts!

by Bryan Bice

One of the biggest mistakes parents of more than one child can make is showing favoritism towards one of their children. What’s the depth of emotional hurt when an adult child says to his sibling, “Yeah, well, mom always liked you better!” Don’t you have to wonder how much family dysfunction is due to either […]

Hospitality Surprise!

by Bryan Bice

In the course of reading the familiar story of Abraham’s encounter with three strangers (Genesis 18)—a story I’ve read dozens of times—I was reminded of some of the experiences of thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT). Could you imagine yourself driving along a relatively quiet rural two-lane highway, approaching a couple of scraggly looking characters […]

Glorious “Sonrise”

by Bryan Bice

There’s nothing quite like a good sunrise to put things in perspective. I’ve visited Chicago plenty of times through the years and seen a gamut of stuff up close and personal. Certainly, parts of the city are beautiful: Millennium Park…the view from Navy Pier…the grand architecture…the river walk along the Chicago River. My wife and […]

Out My Window

by Bryan Bice

As with a good chunk of our nation, we got dumped on pretty heavily this past Saturday night and all day Sunday. I haven’t yet heard the total snowfall accumulation in our community, but a couple hours in the driveway with snow blower and shovel tell me it was significant enough. That part of a […]

Saying Goodbye…

by Bryan Bice

104 years is a long time. Well, maybe not in terms of the sum total of human history, but in terms of one person’s life it is. Less than three weeks after her 104th birthday, my last grandparent—my grandmother on dad’s side—peacefully ended her earthly pilgrimage at her home in Somerset, Kentucky. For several years, […]