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Living Questions

“There’s no proof that God exists so I don’t believe in God.” *sigh* confirmation class challenger pushing the new pastor “You believe in lots of things you have no proof … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Radical

“The more radical a person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it. This individual is … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Looking for God

The confirmation project for our last year confirmation student(s) is to work with a mentor to answer and present their own personal answer to one of several proposed questions as … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Remain with me

A reflection for Good Friday.  The Gospel:  John 18:1 – 19:42 (sung) Stay with me Remain here with me Watch and pray Watch and pray … These words, which come … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Prayer of Service

A meditation for Maundy Thursday.  The gospel text:  John 13:1-35 When my Granddad died, my Grammy and my mom — his wife and daughter— cleaned. A lot. They got incredibly … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Death becomes Birth

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

On retreat – A poem

I went walking this morning The air hung heavy with moisture As the winter lets go And the rain softly falls The light—perfect So that the beech leaves—shaking at the slightest … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

As the deer longs …

Things haven’t been easy of late.  Stuff that was supposed to move forward has ground to a stop.  Things that weren’t supposed to happen did.  There has been silence where … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why Christianity? And Why Lutheranism in Particular?

  The confirmation project for our last year confirmation student(s) is to work with a mentor to answer and present their own personal answer to one of several proposed questions … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

What does it mean to be a person of faith?

The confirmation project for our last year confirmation student(s) is to work with a mentor to answer and present their own personal answer to one of several proposed questions as they and the mentor … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Blessing for the New Year

This was sent to my congregation in our “weekly-ish” e-newsletter, but I wish these blessings to all of you as well. I was looking for a graphic for the background … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wait … what?

I kind of missed Advent this year.  There was no Advent wreath at my house, no Advent calendar to mark the days.  I did not even get to center my … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

Every Common Bush

Text for this reflection (second in an Advent series called “Revive”): Exodus 3:1-12 “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beloved child, get up.

Text for this reflection (in an Advent series entitled “Revive”): Mark 5:21–43 “Talitha cum,” Little Girl, get up. This text is not one that we normally hear this time of … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 18

Breathe. Why is Lent—this time of introspection and growth, this time which is supposed to be about taking time, this time which is supposed to be about stripping away and … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 17

Monday is a good day. It is a day full of small groups. We have one that meets in the morning and one that meets in the evening. We are … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 10/11

I think I’m actually on Day 12 of Lent at this point (and as I finish this, day 13). I have fallen behind in my reflections. I kind of figured … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

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