The Woman at the Well

The famous dialog between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well is part of a series of beautifully crafted dialogs in the Fourth Gospel. Several themes appear repeatedly in this series.

 

Spiritual knowing or seeing is one theme. Jesus is operating on the highest spiritual plane and he works to lift others up—something that […]

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 spiritual god who was above the blood and sweat and nagging ambiguities of the material world. […]

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 thought about it in the following days, when I had spare moments for quiet reflection, and […]

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

At our first annual Blessing of the Animals service we shared stories. After Sharon told of the way her dog had (perhaps) saved her life when she was worn down with caring for her dying father and she began to despair that life had any good purpose. Night after night the dog would sense her […]

First Blessing of the Animals Goes Well

On the afternoon of September 25 Heatherhope Farm hosted its first Blessing of the Animals—an event we hope to host annually.

We purposely did not advertise this event too widely so that we could keep the numbers small and feel our way into the best possible way of doing things. A dozen people showed up, bringing […]

Reflections on Lessons for Epiphany 6

The lessons for Epiphany 6 A are […]

A Long Time Coming: Thoughts on Retirement as a Pastor

A pastor retires from the ministry and discovers both God’s New Creation and that his calling truly was to parish […]

Thoughts of Columba in Deep-Green August

Devotional thoughts of Columba, Iona Scotland and Ireland help us see the blessings in the deep green of an exceptionally wet […]

No Short-Cut To Freedom

Discussions of controversial issues in the church cannot draw people together in compromise or concensus without the long-term development of true faith that alone can give people the freedom to live for […]

Strict Christianity

What does it mean to be strict in our faith? Christianity needs to be strict about leaving God and Christ in the center of things and not ourselves. […]