The Parable of the Ketchup Seed

The Parable of the Ketchup Seed

“Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” —Matthew 13:32 Jesus was talking about a mustard seed. In another time or culture, he might have...
John Deere, Fiberglass Animals & Muddy Pumpkins

John Deere, Fiberglass Animals & Muddy Pumpkins

Dave CreekAssociate Pastor of Family MinistriesFormer Member of First Free’s Maintenance Team “From about 1996-99 I worked on the maintenance team here at the church. We took care of all the indoor maintenance and also all the outdoor grounds, which included...
Nate Carter: Embracing the Ridiculous

Nate Carter: Embracing the Ridiculous

Picture this: A military intelligence unit finds Bigfoot’s nest. They steal his baby, intending to turn it into a secret weapon. Bigfoot intervenes and … well, things get messy. Now another scenario: A man is swimming in the ocean off California when he’s bitten by a...
Your Thanksgiving pregame pep talk

Your Thanksgiving pregame pep talk

by Jim Killam | 5-minute read   Transparency alert: I wrote this article several weeks ago, before Illinois was begging its residents to stay home on Thanksgiving. With increasing numbers of us either sick or under precautionary quarantine, and most others...

The 11-year-olds’ guide to trick-or-treating

By Jim Killam Not sure of your Halloween responsibilities as a neighborhood resident? We’re here to help. Over the years, and at great personal cost, we have intercepted reconnaissance from local 11-year-olds as they devise their trick-or-treat strategies. At...