October 23, 2019

I sometimes have dreams that leave me tired and troubled in the morning. I can rarely remember details. I just remember that I had a "really weird dream." 

Sometimes I have dreams that I remember, and unlike the wise souls of the Bible, I have no idea what they mean.

Thi...

October 16, 2019

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

In his book Small Creatures and Ordinary Places, Essays on Nature, Allen M. You...

October 9, 2019

Henry and Noah were excited to carry the cross on Sunday morning. It was fun to watch their excitement. I understood it. In the church of my childhood, you could acolyte starting in 7th grade, but couldn't be a crucifer until 10th grade, because the cross was heavy. Bu...

October 2, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi - the patron saint of animals and animal lovers. But who was this guy that was born way back in the 1180’s well before the Reformation? Francis was born into a very wealthy Italian family that made their money trading silk. His family indulged his...

September 25, 2019

Here’s a push for reading outside the box.

After a random comment that the letter of Jude is seldom (ever?) read, our Wednesday Bible study group decided to read it. It’s short. It wasn’t edifying. But it mentioned the book of Enoch. Enoch is obviously not in our Bible,...

September 18, 2019

Do you ever feel like you are just staring at a blank page? Writers might know what I am talking about - a page that is supposed to have a ton of writing on it but has nothing. Not the page of someone with writer’s block, but a page ready for the first word of your nex...

September 11, 2019

I like how little things can make you smile and change your day,

On my way to church Sunday, I stopped at a red light. A gentleman crossed in front of me pushing his young son in a stroller. The man did not acknowledge me at all, but halfway across the road the little b...

September 4, 2019

From the ELCA’s website:

“‘God’s work. Our hands.’ Sunday is Sunday, September 8, 2019. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Service activities offer...

August 28, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about vision.

I am the kid who got my first pair of glasses and then spent hours staring out the window amazed that I could see individual leaves on the trees.

I hated having to get new frames because I couldn’t see myself in the mirror to...

August 21, 2019

The ELCA sure did hit a nerve when they voted to become a Sanctuary Church Body. The amendment that was proposed was vague, to say the least, it did not supply a ‘to do’ list or a packet of materials and resources. It did not help with budget questions. A beautiful pas...

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