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Pentecost 10: Little Faith, Big Job, Big God

The Gospel Reading for this, the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, is Matthew 14:2-33   Jesus comes to the boat of the disciples in spite of battering waves. He walks on the waves. Peter hopes to do the same. Jesus says, … Continue reading

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Should We Buy a New ATV?

Reflections on Luke 12:13-21, the Gospel reading for the 8th Sunday of Pentecost. Almost every day on the farm we are faced with quite consequential decisions. Today it is about our ATV. Most days we use it several times for … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene: The Easter Angel

The Easter Gospel: John 20:1-18 Very often, my wife, Connie, will see me growing cranky looking for something. She says, “What are you looking for?” And no sooner than I name the elusive thing, she finds it. And often it … Continue reading

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Turn the Page: Reflections on Lessons for Pentecost 24 A

The very first time I assisted with leading worship at my home congregation the very first thing I was assigned to do was to go to the altar and read aloud the introit from the big book lying there. I … Continue reading

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Reflections on Lessons Pentecost 23 A

We had a spirited discussion today in our weekly Bible study of area pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It was fed by a feeling of dread about recent signs of sickness in our society. One of … Continue reading

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Antidote for Complacency: Reflections of Sunday’s Readings

The very first thing that caught my eye as I drove into Ann Arbor the spring of 1966 was that strange graffiti on a huge concrete retaining wall. Being in Greek I could not decipher it and perhaps for that very … Continue reading

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Knowing and Not Knowing: The Holy Trinity

Tomorrow is Holy Trinity Sunday. I believe the best thing about the doctrine of the Trinity is its nod to unknowing. The early church beat back several attempts to make the knowledge of God manageable. Gnostics wanted to  have a … Continue reading

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Frederick W. Danker: Professor, Prophet, Provocateur?

Doctor Frederick W. Danker died on February 2, 2012.                 I read the news in the alumni news magazine from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and it hit me hard. I read the news and was stunned. Then I … Continue reading

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Reflections on Lessons for Epiphany 6

The lessons for Epiphany 6 A are explored. Continue reading

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Where Do We Hear the Church?

We hear the church not only through authorized voices, but also through the voices of those on the margins. We hear the church through that which gathers people to God’s grace. Continue reading

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