Tag Archives: God’s Love

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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Light for our darkness

We are not alone in the world. There is a heartbeat to the universe. There is a song of love and life at the heart of all existence. Continue reading

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Weeping for joy

I will place my dwelling in your midst, and I shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. –Leviticus 26:11-12 Continue reading

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All flesh

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. –Joel 2:28-29 Continue reading

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A Covenant of Peace

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. –Isaiah 54.10 Continue reading

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It’s not simple

I am not the kind of person who can give simple answers. I have heard them. I have heard people say them to one another. I have heard them say them to me. “She’s with God now.” And this is true. This is profoundly true. It is the heart of what we come together to do on this day – to symbolically entrust Kerstin into the arms of God. But it is not simple. Continue reading

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The Big Story

Those of us who are not rooted in the scriptures often find them strange. Even the word “God” is hard for some of us. But our confession as a Christian community is that there is a heartbeat at the center of all things, a spirit, a breath, pushing and pulling the world towards justice and mercy and goodness and life. Continue reading

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A place for sweetness

The telling of the Christmas story by children is always sweet. The Biblical story itself, however, is not sweet. It is full of the harsh realities of tyranny, empire, war, refugees and poverty. Still, sweet is good. Continue reading

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The God of Grace

There are lots of pieces in the complex drama we call the Reformation. But at the center of it was the Scripture. And at the center of Scripture was Christ. And at the center of Christ was grace. Continue reading

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“Now the winter is past”

What follows is my sermon at my daughter’s wedding yesterday (posted with her permission) for which she asked me to preside. The texts for the day were the beautiful celebration of love in Song of Songs 2:10-13, the prayer of … Continue reading

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