September 17, 2020

That’s not fair.”  Remembering what it was like to parent younger children, I heard that phrase regularly.  As they got older it wasn’t always that direct, but implied as the counting and competing for time, resources, and my energy would be calculated by one teenager...

September 10, 2020

"The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time"- James Taylor 

Years and years ago I got to hear James Taylor in concert. When he sang this song that one line; "The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time" hit a chord.  I was always looking for what would co...

September 3, 2020

An Invitation: to focus on forgiveness in the month of September.

It feels like fall in the air. As we head into a new season, I will be doing a four week preaching series on Forgiveness starting this Labor Day weekend September 5-6, 2020. I want to extend to you an inv...

August 28, 2020

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer (Romans 12:12 NRSV)

Get behind me. Tone of voice is difficult to determine when all we have is the text. We do have context and that can help.  Peter- the rock, the foundation, bearing witness he proclaims th...

August 19, 2020

The silent “t”. Over the years I have discovered that having a silent “t” in my first name helps weed out telemarketing phone calls. When I was child I tried to find ways to explain the spelling, “it’s like escargot”. That didn’t always work.

It can take time to learn...

August 16, 2020

Shortly before Martin Luther died, a piece of paper containing his handwriting was found in his pocket. Among other words on the paper were these: “This is true. We are all beggars.” (James M. Kittelson, Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career (Minneap...

August 6, 2020

Trust God!  With a fist raised like in a cheer- we said it again and again during Vacation Bible School (VBS). It was the call and response of Wilderness Escape as we engaged via Zoom in online VBS with bible stories; the Israelites escape from Egypt through the Red Se...

July 31, 2020

It was more than enough. What seemed like so little was more than enough.  The brief outdoor graveside service was enough. The eulogy, the words read from scripture, the recorded songs we heard, the brief homily I shared, the prayers we offered up, the rose petals drop...

July 23, 2020

First breath. Last breath. Every breath in between. As I drove to a hospice visit I spoke with another pastor on the phone. She shared how she learned to take deep breaths when she was with those whose labored breathing was indicating the closeness of their death. We s...

July 17, 2020

Here comes the judge, here comes the judge….Sometimes laughing can help remind me to take off the robe and put down the gavel. Maybe you also remember from the days of “Laugh In” Sammy Davis Jr’s routine. It came to mind this week. Stop weeding. That is another message...

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