Dick Duerksen

Oregon Conference storycatcher and storyteller

When You Grow Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The young man who asked me the question was celebrating his sixth birthday and making some choices that would seriously impact his life.


Takers and Givers

Yesterday’s mail brought my copy of our new Bank of America Cash Rewards Visa card. Solid metal.


The Procrastinator

Life is all about timing, showing up at the right moment, being there when you’re needed, not getting things done too early or too late.


What Will You Do With Jesus?

“Write two pages about what you did last summer.”


The Empath

“Empath.” It is in The New Yorker magazine, so it must be a real word.


The Cedar Chest

“Get rid of all your stuff now. It may have meaning for you — but not for us.” — the children and grandchildren


A Tunnel in the Moon

Someone told me NASA has an entire city of American astronauts who have been living deep in a tunnel in the moon since 1973.


God's Clean Plate Club

It is easy to hate. Almost enjoyable to look down my nose and remember your sins with disdain.


No Goats in Heaven

I’m not sure what God has against goats, but it looks like they’ll be missing in the New Earth. Sheep make it, but no goats.


Hundreds Receive Care at Impact Your Health Event in Portland

Take one gymnasium; add carpet to cover the hardwood floor; bring in folding tables, 55 dental chairs (for hygiene, anesthesia and surgery); add a very long and complicated table for supplies and s