Jesus and the Walking Dead

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, […]

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Love. No, really! Love!

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 […]

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A Personal Epiphany

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, […]

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God with us

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 […]

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Love on Display

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 […]

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Tip Toe through the TULIP

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 […]

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