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About dkbonde

Pastor, Los Altos Lutheran Church

142,000 and rising

This is the opening segment of my sermon last Sunday on the parable known as the wheat and the tares (it’s about feuding farmers).  If you would like to read the sermon, it is posted as “For the sake of … Continue reading

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A Sunday evening walk

Signs from the neighborhood: The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak justice. Psalm 37:30 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Psalm 85:10 To do righteousness and justice is more … Continue reading

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  “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Where do We go from Here; Chaos or Community? They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, … Continue reading

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Children of Hope and Joy

St. Michael and All Angels, September 29, 2019 This message was given on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels when my grandchild was brought for baptism.  We were worshipping at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.  The texts for the … Continue reading

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To him they are alive

Luke 20 38 He is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” “To him all of them are alive.”  To him Anna still walks to school with flowers in her … Continue reading

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Carried into the story

My mother was an antique dealer for a while.  It is still part of her soul.  When she closed her shop, many of the nice pieces came to live with us.  I was an adolescent and the stories behind these … Continue reading

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A Restless God

St. Augustine famously said: “The heart is restless, O God, until it rests in thee.”  But perhaps we should also say “God is restless, O heart, until God rests in thee.” The transcendent and holy power to which the scriptures … Continue reading

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The heart of the universe is calling our name

“The heart of the universe is calling our name,” Reflections on John 20, Easter, and the empty tomb posted at Watching for the Morning. Image;,_stained_glass_windows_(8)_(30468921053).jpg by Richard Mortel from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia [CC BY 2.0 (

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Always in the presence

I wrote this liturgy for the beginning of worship in 2016 when 9/11 fell on a Sunday.  As I came across it today, I was touched by how it speaks to the tragedies and shadows of our time.   + … Continue reading

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Of rats and holiness

I saw a rat along the fence line beneath the ivy, this morning.  There was a squeak and a commotion in the ivy and all the birds fled the feeder.  As I wondered whether a rat would attack a live … Continue reading

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