Category Archives: Christianity

“I kept that promise.”

It’s hard to describe what happened to me at the altar during the prayers of the church, yesterday. Typical Lutheran congregations don’t have a shared vocabulary for discussing personal spiritual experiences. Other communities of which I have been a part find it easier to say that God spoke to them. Continue reading

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Sunday after Sunday

It was a long drive back from my father’s house in Colorado, but part of me wished I could have taken it slower. I am ever amazed at the majesty of the creation, and I would have loved to be able to take photographs of all that I witnessed coming across Colorado, Utah and Nevada on the old state highways. I have a few photos, taken at rest stops and occasional halts along the way, but mostly they are fading memories, replaced only by the knowledge that it was beautiful. Continue reading

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Surrounded with graces

We are surrounded by graces big and little. Every bit of beauty, every simple kindness, every child’s laughter, every kind word or sound silences the claims of fear and evil to rule the world. Continue reading

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Thinking in stories

We are creatures who think in stories. Confusion and anxiety reign when we can’t figure out the story line. It locates us. It gives meaning to our past, shapes our understanding of the present and gives direction for the future. Continue reading

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Lamb of God

A reflection on the death of Jesus, Good Friday, 2017 A liturgical chant from my childhood has been rattling through my mind the last few days: “O Christ, thou lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, … Continue reading

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From death into life

There is power in the crackle of a fire. There is drama in a single candle in the dark. Continue reading

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Praying Good Friday

O thou who art the voice in the eternal silence, the light in the spreading darkness the warmth in the growing cold, the peace in the rising fear, the truth in the crowded confusion: Wounded, you heal. Broken, you restore. … Continue reading

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Ashen crosses and Jesus’ way of prayer

A Reflection on Ash Wednesday and the Lord’s Prayer The key texts for the reflection this Ash Wednesday were Isaiah 58:5-8 and Matthew 6:1-21. The Lord’s Prayer is the focus of our preaching during Lent this year. Daily verses and … Continue reading

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Purple

Next Wednesday, March 1, we begin again our Lenten journey, a season shaped by the purple robe placed around Jesus when he was shamed and tortured by his guards. They were taunting him for those whispers and cries that he … Continue reading

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An eternal kindness

There is room in the heart of God for us all. Continue reading

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