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Pentecost 17B: Fighting Hard in the Culture Wars

The readings for this 17th Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 11:18–20 Psalm                    Psalm 54 New Testament     James 3:13–4:3, 4:7–8a Gospel                   Mark 9:30–37 We are at an inflection point. We are in a culture war. … Continue reading

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Pentecost 6B: Boasting and Praying on a Pandemic Fourth

The Second Reading for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost is 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 in which Paul demurs from boasting, says he could boast in his visions, but concludes that Christ’s refusal to remove his “thorn of the flesh” taught him … Continue reading

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Psalm 16: “The Lord is Everything to Me”

Psalm 16 is the prayer that Christians have said in the wake of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a perfect prayer for pandemic times.   This prayer is a meditation taking us deeper and deeper into the … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday Petitions

Creator God,  we who stand before you are dust,    and to dust we shall return. But you have breathed into our lips your Holy Breath, so we are also … yours. Help us this Lent to come alive to your … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Dogs and Our Prayer in the Press

Louisville, my team, was on the floor, locked in an epic battle with Michigan for the NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship. It was a glorious struggle, but the competition was so keen that, by halftime, my heart was racing.             … Continue reading

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Weather Calls for Glass-Half-Full Thinking

    They say some people are “glass half full” people and others are “glass half empty.” I’m more inclined to think as Martin Luther of old who said we are all simultaneously saints and sinners. I know I have the … Continue reading

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Prayerfully Gathering with Spot

February 2, 2012                 As an apprentice sheepdog, Spot has had a tumultuous work history. With the help of the insights from three of the very best sheepdog trainers in the world, Bobby Dalziel, Aled Owen and Gordon Watt, I … 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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Surviving The Blizzard of 2011 (With God’s Help)

God protects us in storms and blizzards through the help of neighbors and government public servants. Thanks be to God. Continue reading

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Devotion Used for Meet and Greet the Lambs

The people gathered for the Meet and Greet the Lambs Day at Heatherhope joined in this devotional. Continue reading

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