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Lent 2 B: Drawn Near by Our Pain

The Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent are… Old Testament      Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 Psalm                    Psalm 22:23–31 New Testament     Romans 4:13–25 Gospel                   Mark 8:31–38 or Mark 9:2–9 Early morning, the spring before last, I looked out … Continue reading

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Lent 1 B 2024:  God Wants It All

The Readings for the First Sunday of Lent are Old Testament      Genesis 9:8–17 Psalm                    Psalm 25:1–10 New Testament     1 Peter 3:18–22 Gospel                   Mark 1:9–15 God wants it all. Sick religion leaves us reducing the good news … Continue reading

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Nell Now Herding for God

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Whether or not Will Rogers said that, it’s certainly a nugget of holy truth. Our Nell, who we put down this past … Continue reading

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Let Us Urge an Immediate End to Gaza Slaughter

Today I sent the follow letter to the editor to my local newspaper and representatives in congress. To the Editor: Israel and U.S. Must Stop the Slaughter in Gaza Israel is not fighting a war in Gaza. It is perpetrating … Continue reading

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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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Pentecost 23 A: Arming Ourselves for Peace

The second lesson for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost is 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that … Continue reading

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Pentecost 20 A: The Death of Death.

Isaiah 25  O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2     For you have made the city a heap, the … 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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Betty Back from the Brink

Life with many animals on a livestock farm is full of emotional highs and lows. Loving life is no guarantee of happy times, but loving life means life is thick with feeling. Thick with a joy that is more nuanced … Continue reading

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