Ice Cream Grace

Our hospital’s administration has occasionally rolled out an ice cream cart as a way to offer encouragement to our staff. The chaplains get to be “in” on this adventure, serving as good-will agents and wayfinding guides for the cart and others who assist with ice cream distribution. As you may know, hospitals are fairly controlled […]

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Lent 4, 2018

“(J)ust as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up . . .” John 3:14   Moses lifted up the serpent so Israel could look at what was destroying them, stare it down in faith, and be saved.   The Son of Man . . . […]

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Gabriel’s Log, Fourth Entry

Our final unearthed entry from Gabriel’s log—for now, at least—tells of the Battle of Bethlehem—James Hart Brumm Personal Log of Gabriel, Messenger First Class, Trumpeter Second Class, Advance Unit of the Assault Division, Armies of the God Who Is and Was and Is to Come (also known as the “Heavenly Host”) Here we are, finally […]

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Gabriel’s Log, Entry Two

Here’s the second installment of the logs from Gabriel’s field assignment—James Hart Brumm Personal Log of Gabriel, Messenger First Class, Trumpeter Second Class, Advance Unit of the Assault Division, Armies of the God Who Is and Was and Is to Come (also known as the “Heavenly Host”) It feels like just moments ago that I […]

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Pastoring from the Midst of Death

Media vita in morte sumus—Antiphon, ca. 750, probably from France. That antiphon translates “In the midst of life, we are in death.” It appears in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church as well as in Latin liturgies. It was part of the “Committal Service for One Who Has Lived Apart from the […]

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Time to Say “Enough”

During the RCA General Synod, I posted to this blog about being calm and conciliatory, about looking at the long view of history and the mighty acts of God in the face of what some saw as frustrating nonsense going on at the Synod. Last week, I posted pastorally, about the need to be patient […]

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