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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 4, 2019

As I am taking a couple of weeks off, I am reposting this in preparation for Veterans Day and what it means to cheer for victory in war.  This was written by Twain in 1905 as a reaction to the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine-American War.  It masterf...

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...

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...

July 15, 2019

Can an individualist be a Christian?  Seems a strange question from a self-avowed anarchist.  Yet the answer to this question gets to the heart of what living as a Christian is all about.  The base fact is that if we define individualist as a hermit-like character then...

July 1, 2019

This week’s worship service readings are key readings for understanding how Christians are to live in society.  The Gospel text is Luke 9:51-62.  This text provides two key lessons that should inform us in our social lives as Christians.   This text first tells of Jesu...

May 6, 2019

The notion of civic duty is deeply ingrained into our culture.  All across the political spectrum people genuflect in the direction of this idea. Some of the common civic duties are obeying the law, serving on juries, paying taxes and voting.  In the U.S. the only one...

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