Category Archives: Faith

Weathering Winter Prayerfully on Heatherhope

Today is the first Sunday after the Epiphany. A holy time. A time of light, amazement, and a time to celebrate God’s gift of the New Age. How then do I shake off all my un-holy thoughts and afflictions? Our … Continue reading

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Christ-child Fire in the Sky

I am hungry for light. Lately life has been swallowed up by death as there have been far too many very ill people to visit, and, as it happens, the people I love and I have been growing old together. … Continue reading

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Sunshine, Alfalfa, and Max

Hooray for sun, alfalfa, and Max. Today was a day of somber thoughts for our family of faith at St. Luke Lutheran Church. I’m back helping to give pastoral care, preaching, and worship leadership after a dozen years retirement. It … Continue reading

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Burying My Hatchet with the LC-MS and Biblical Inerrancy

This morning I grew nostalgic and Googled my old Pilgrim Lutheran congregation in Louisville, Kentucky, which is now Resurrection Lutheran. This was the congregation I was part of as I came to an awakening of faith and a quickening of … Continue reading

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Starling Feathers

On the tall maple tree on the south side of our house hangs several bird feeders. Every morning I stand at the window and watch the swarming. My eyes search for the downy woodpeckers, the chickadees, and the flashy male … Continue reading

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Advent 2 A: Christ is Here! Christ Shall Come Again!

The lessons for the Second Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Isaiah 11:1–10 Psalm                    Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19 New Testament     Romans 15:4–13 Gospel                   Matthew 3:1–12 I’m willing to bet that when the prophet Isaiah pronounced this famous … Continue reading

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Pentecost 19C: Plagues and Promises

The lessons for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Jeremiah 31:27–34 Psalm                    Psalm 119:97–104 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Genesis 32:22–31 Psalm                    Psalm 121 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 18 C: What is Worth the Risk?

The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament            Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7 Psalm Psalm 66:1–12 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament            2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c Psalm   Psalm … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear: Another Everyday Miracle

Everybody’s favorite weather predicting caterpillar, the wooly bear, makes its way around Heatherhope Farm these beautiful autumn days. We are often disappointed to find out that its purported miraculous weather prognostication is a bust. A wide brown patch doesn’t always … Continue reading

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Pentecost 16 C: The Group Mind of the Church

Instead of my normal practice of reflecting on one or more readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, this week, and since we will be welcoming new members to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, I have chosen to … Continue reading

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