Are You Kidneying Me?

YES! DEFINITELY! Because we humans are pathetically under-informed of their importance! They are not just little kidney beans that create pee! These twins, located on either side of the spine at the lowest level of the rib cage, are each…

It’s Really an Organ?!

Your Body: Fantabulous “….awesomely and wonderfully made….” A moody teenage boy wrestling with skin concerns said, “I hate my skin!” Father, “Then take it off.” Son, “That’s stupid, everything would fall out!” Father, “So live with it.” So we do,…

Holland Hospital Physician Lecture Series: Dec. 8

Local Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon (and Hope Church member) Peter Hoekman will be discussing the evaluation and management of thyroid masses and cancers as part of the Holland Hospital Physician Lecture Series. “Thyroid Nodules, Cancers and Treatment,” Thursday December…

Does Your Liver Quiver?

Your Body: Fantabulous “….awesomely and wonderfully made….” A patron at a meat counter stared at some beef livers, said sourly, “I can’t stand to think that I’ve something like those just laying around inside my gut!” I should have said…

Health Ministry: A Faithful Fist!

That identifies the Heart that has beat in all of us since well before birth and faithfully functions until our last breath. It is a boneless fist of pulsating muscle. We can feel its rhythm at times, mostly during exertion,…

Ministry Highlight: Health Ministry

We are a team of people of faith who are working together to help create a healthier community at Hope Church. Our mission is to promote the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of living to reach wholeness in health.…

Save your Breath!

If someone says this to you, they mean, “Don’t bother speaking, it’s futile!” However, there is much to inhale about our breath. Do you ever have to remember to breathe? Never. Those who attended you at your birth, after turning…

Your Body!- Fantabulous!

Your Body!- Fantabulous! We live in a culture fraught with superlatives and exclamation points!! See all ads and TV commercials, hear all politicians. I give the cashier the right change; “Excellent!” she says. “How’re you doing today?” I ask a…

Rode Molla

In September of 2014 I was introduced to Rode Molla, who was an Ethiopian student at Western Theological Seminary (WTS). Rode had completed her M.A. in Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She had…