Today’s lectionary Gospel reading is John 11: 1-44 – the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. For those of us who’ve spent any time in Christian circles, we’ve heard it all before; this is a familiar story, and sometimes when stories are familiar, we tend to tune them out. You may be thinking, […]Read More Jesus and the Walking Dead
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on […]Read More Cherished Children and Straying Sheep
It’s Valentine’s day! Because it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it appropriate to write about love. However, this left me wondering exactly which angle to take. It would be WAY too easy to just spout out some drivel about romance, it being Valentine’s Day and all. And the blogosphere has already been inundated with the love […]Read More Love. No, really! Love!
Epiphany by Dick Phillips Epiphany (noun) a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way. When I was 10, I wanted to be an acolyte in my church. I desperately wanted to carry the brass candle lighter down the aisle (in the “procession!”) wear the little alb, […]Read More A Personal Epiphany
Without getting into the debate over the choice of December 25th as the designated birthday of Jesus, or the annual arguments of how Santa and flying reindeer enter the picture, or why we decorate dead trees inside our homes, or whether or not the wise men should be included in your Nativity crèche; today is […]Read More God with us
Advent: n. An arrival, or coming into being; the coming or arrival of something extremely important. (with capital A, in Christianity) the coming of Christ; in the church calendar Advent is the four week period prior to Christmas. [From Latin adventus, meaning arrival.] The 2003 British Christmas film, Love Actually, takes place during Advent. The […]Read More Love on Display
I jokingly call myself a “Recovering Lutheran.” I grew up in the Lutheran church, and I still hold their traditions and teachings in very high regard. Luther was easy to like. After all, he drank a lot of beer and sang bar songs. He was a married monk. When I went to Seminary I was […]Read More Tip Toe through the TULIP
By Susan Hetrick I was thinking this week about what it means to be “Reformed, and Always Reforming.” For some reason, a joke popped into my head: A middle aged woman has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience […]Read More Always Reforming or Unrecognizable?