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December 9, 2019

This week’s Gospel reading (Matt 3:1-12) is a classic Advent text.  This is the story of John the Baptist out in the wilderness, wearing clothing of camel’s hair and eating locusts no less, baptizing believers in the river Jordan.  This text offers some interesting ins...

December 2, 2019

As we finish up another season of Thanksgiving in America, I cannot help but feel thankful.  I sit stuffed to the gills after a series of stunningly bad food choices, having left neither the couch nor my lounge pants since Wednesday evening.  In the dictionary under “c...

November 25, 2019

The dictionary defines dementia as “a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.”  I call it slow death.  It is nothing less than the fading away...

November 18, 2019

There is an old religion, all but dead for about 1000 years that used to compete with Christianity in the early Middle Ages.  Manicheanism was a belief in the world as made up of light and dark; good and evil and everything should be viewed from this perspective.  Its...

November 11, 2019

        My second week of break, I am reposting this piece from 2017.  Sadly, this hoary myth is still as strong as ever.

This being Veteran’s Day and seeing the deluge of “thanks for your service” posts from those of all political persuasions, it would b...

October 28, 2019

So, as the House of Representatives moves ever closer to actually impeaching Donald Trump, it is a good time to reflect on what all of this might mean, especially for people of faith.

First, it seems as if impeachment is always warranted.  At some time or other nearly a...

October 21, 2019

The recent Trump Administration decision to remove the small number of U.S. troops from the Kurdish controlled area of Syria, thereby allowing for Turkey to send in its armed forces to clear and control the area has created a bipartisan uproar in opposition to this mov...

October 14, 2019

Kindness has been much in the news this past week.  It centers around the fact that Ellen DeGeneres spent a recent Sunday afternoon with former President George W. Bush.  Many on the progressive left slammed her for doing this and she responded with...

October 7, 2019

There is a persistent meme that comes around frequently on social media.  It is a particular favorite of older conservatives.  It usually looks something like this: 

As is clear from the image this line of thinking claims that Social Security is a pe...

September 30, 2019

This Thursday begins another season of what is unquestionably the greatest ministry I have been blessed to be a part of.   Spirit Matters is a ministry that provides social and fellowship opportunities to special needs adults.  There are a multitude of great programs f...

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