Lost Things

Pentecost 18 C  Luke 16:1-13 Today is the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York city an Washington DC. The fall of the twin towers in New York, the destruction of part of the Pentagon in Washington, and the one plane diverted from its goal and crashed in rural Pennsylvania, all of…

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Sliver of Ice

Pentecost 11C Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21 Have you ever said to yourself: when I win the lottery I’m going to do such and such. Or maybe: if I inherited a million dollars from some long lost rich uncle, I’d do this or that. This is a common daydream many of us…

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Saul the Big Bad Wolf

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing…

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Debt Management

Pentecost 18C Luke 16:1-13 Today’s text is one of those that pastors dread.  That gospel lesson can leave us wondering: what is Jesus going on about? Is he actually praising the shady wheelers and dealers? Is he actually suggesting that we should look to people who are similar to this guy, like corporate embezzlers for…

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Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35 Pentecost 13A Once upon a time. Jesus is telling parables again today. It’s a good idea, too, since a lot of what Jesus has to say today is difficult for us to hear. Coating it in a nice story might make it easier to swallow. It is made all the more difficult to…

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DMin

Since before I even graduated from seminary, I have been pondering the possibility of getting a DMin.  What is a DMin you say? Excellent question! A DMin is guitar chord. Also, a DMin is a Doctor of Ministry. I’m actually talking about the later. A DMin is a terminal degree (not that you are terminated after you acquire it…. but that…

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The Untame Holy Spirit

I came upon this post quite by accident this morning while looking for something else entirely and I found something about it to be quite profound.  This line in particular “And perhaps mercy and creation aren’t really that different.” There’s some really good stuff there about mercy and what we Lutherans might call grace. It is well…

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