The Grit of Hope

Times are dark in this world for many. I see posts of despair on Facebook and have conversations face to face hearing words from hearts longing for the hope they feel has abandoned them like a beloved companion who absconded in the night. Nostalgia that paraded as something meaningful has disappointed yet again. Violence tears…

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Do Not Be Overcome By Fear

Pentecost 25C  Luke 21:5-19 Whenever a big event nationally or locally occurs during the week, it often makes me rethink whatever I have written for my sermon. This has been one of those kinds of weeks. Fires in the forest, apocalyptic amounts of smoke that turn the sunset orange and the moon red, and you…

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Have Mercy On Us Lord

Pentecost 8C Luke 10:25-37 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us all. I believe many of us have prayed this type of prayer this week. Perhaps over the past few weeks. During the times of our lives when things are going well, the phrase, “Lord, have mercy,” certainly has meaning, but not…

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Ashes To Life

Phil 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35  Lent 2C Well, believe it or not, it is already the second Sunday of Lent. This season has crept up on me this year and I think I am not alone in that. It has come quite early, since it is set by the date of Easter and that date changes…

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Synod Assembly

So, I’m in Hickory, NC at the NC Synod Assembly of the ELCA. It is so terribly hot here! The sun beats down, I sweat, drag around bags and folders and bottles of water without which I could not survive. My summer intern is with me, too, and trying desperately to keep me together! It…

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