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Trinity Sunday: Put Things (Back) in Order

Things Fall Apart is the title of the powerful 1958 book by the late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It tells of the tragic life of a young man, trying to find respect for himself and his family by overcoming what he … Continue reading

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Abbie’s Death Leaves a Hole in Our Hearts

Yesterday we put down our beloved Abbie. It has left a big hole in our hearts!! Of course, if you are part of the human race, you have already flinched, because you have the pain stored in every cell of … Continue reading

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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. … 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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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 life. Continue reading

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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 summer. Continue reading

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