Gabriel’s Log, Third Entry

In the third installment of the logs from his field assignment, Gabriel takes a different approach—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”) Things went well […]

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Nine Months and Counting…

Today in the Lectionary, I was surprised to find Luke 1: 26-38. This is the Annunciation story, in which Mary is told by the angel Gabriel, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you,” and that she will be having a baby; “for nothing is impossible with […]

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Lent 4, 2015

The snake was the lowest, the dirtiest, of all the creatures in God’s creation. But it was smarter than those two humans in a Garden; it only took shiny fruit and ego polishing to humble them. Those twelve tribes of humans in the desert humbled themselves, and the snakes had a meal. But God was […]

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All Things Being Equal

On Friday Arizona became the 31st marriage equality state. In a way it was anticlimactic; a judge stated that Arizona’s ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and the attorney general decided not to appeal further. Ta-da! Since I am a Christian pastor, many folks assume that I am (or should be) morally outraged about this […]

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Why God is like GPS

As far as I can tell, God is a being of few words. God speaks to people on a need-to-know basis and doesn’t seem interested in providing all the details to us humans when God leads us somewhere. Jesus was notorious for saying simply “Follow me.” I’m guessing that Jesus himself didn’t get a lot […]

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Let Freedom Ring

In two days many of us will be gathered at a beach, park, BBQ, fireworks show, or some other celebration of the 4th of July. This holiday is one of the high holidays in our country and rightly so, for on this day we celebrate the birth of our nation. As a pastor, the 4th […]

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The Abundant Life

“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10b Over the past few weeks a question has been repeating over and over again in my head. That question is “What does the abundant life look like for me?” This has certainly been a question that has popped […]

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Take It Easy

James 1:19-21 reads, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the […]

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