Lent 5, 2018

Just because God vows “I will remember no more,” that’s not forgetting.   Just because the seed, Jesus, fall to earth and dies doesn’t mean it ends.   God never forgets, lives forever with the pain, but won’t call it back.   Christ dies to what was, dies with all the world watching, giving up […]

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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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Wilderness, Deconstructed

Sometimes I wonder if we have romanticized the idea of the wilderness, as though the wilderness was a place where things were more real, truer, more natural than what we experience day-to-day. We seek out wilderness by taking camping trips, or going for a hike. We long for it as some kind of respite from […]

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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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Wittenberg

Baptist, Reformed, Methodist, Christian Scientist, Lutheran walking where so many had trod.  Walking where the history of the Christian world was changed.  One voice, 95 Thesis, hundreds of pages, millions of words tearing down barriers re-erected between people and God. We marveled at the confluence of events—printing press, increased education, desire for change, need for […]

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Lent 3, 2018

There was no space for us in God’s domain (we couldn’t even step on the same hill without dying) until God took ten plain and simple Hebrew words to share God’s will, that we make space for the One Who Made Us. Eght simple “don’t”s, two “do”s was all required to include the One Who […]

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Open Table

While I was in college, I asked Philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff if I could sit in on his liturgy class. I knew I didn’t have time to do the homework, but still wanted to peek in on what he was teaching. He let me! And it was wonderful. We learned about Orthodox liturgy, in particular, and […]

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Lent 2, 2018

God said, “I love you so much, and I am so proud of what you’re becoming. It’s going to change you, make you more than you ever thought possible.” And we laughed. “We will grow in our relationship together, and a sign of that will be a piece of skin you cut off for me.” […]

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Lent 1, 2018

Alone with the beasts, water all around, chaos all around, with nothing to drink, nothing to eat. Kept safe in a box ‘til God’s kingdom, God’s promise, comes near. Noah and his family receive the promise: God will die before allowing Creation to be hurt. Alone with the beasts, dust all around, chaos all around […]

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The Quest to Tell Stories Better

I begin this blog post with a rather shameless plug. The Reformed Church Center at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, working with the RCA Archives and the RCA office for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, announces the beginning of the First Stories Project. Congregations are being invited to conduct oral interviews with the first women to serve […]

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