Tag Archives: Christianity

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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Of books and burnings

A reminder of the anniversary of the Nazi book burning has been popping up on my calendar since May. I didn’t want to let it go by without notice. We should not forget the burning of bodies began with the burning of books. Continue reading

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We come to kneel

We have seen Nazi’s marching by torchlight this year. At the center of our response to that must be the lighting candles and singing “Silent Night” … Our worship tonight is not just one of the baubles on the tree that makes up our holiday; it is the tree. Continue reading

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Pregnant with the truth to come

On Psalm 69 1 Save me, O God, …..for the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, …..where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, …..and the flood sweeps over me. … Continue reading

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Singing of a warrior God

So what shall we do with this psalm? We can pull out the nice verses and ignore the rest. We can “spiritualize” the enemy to refer to the devil and his minions. Or we can acknowledge that nobility and cruelty sometimes live together in us – and give thanks that this word is fulfilled in Jesus, who laid down the sword and took up compassion, who laid down his life to reconcile those who were enemies, who grants us his spirit and conquers with love. Continue reading

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“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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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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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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An eternal kindness

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

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Where the heavens bend

It seems like we are marching again towards Good Friday, towards the death of kindness and mercy, to the triumph of naked power, to a paroxysm of the Father of Lies. And with what do we stand? Simply the promise that Christ is risen, that the darkness cannot prevail, that death itself yields to the author of life. Continue reading

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