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07
Dec

Is the Church “Doing” Christmas Wrong?

  I sat in a room full of pastors recently, listening to many of them describe the “let-down” that many of them … and us … feel, after the Christmas season is over. I have often wondered why that happens. To be sure, there are some very good reasons. For children, all the anticipation over […]

03
Dec

DeConstruction Zone

In early August, I had the privilege of attending the Rostered Leaders Gathering of the ELCA in Atlanta, Georgia. For me, the most gripping workshop was presented by the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla , who serves as executive director of the Global Mission unit of the ELCA . His talk was titled “Deconstructing the Narrative […]

01
Jan

Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions?  Lose weight?  Quit smoking?  Well, here are some of mine: This year I resolve to: stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions. start eating more healthy (as soon as I eat all the junk food in my house so it won’t tempt […]

12
Nov

I Promise

I hear you. I hear your anguish. I hear your fear. I hear your dismay. Therefore, I promise. I will not – cannot – promise things I cannot do. Therefore, I promise things I can do. My Promises To You I promise. If you are gay and are afraid, I promise: I will listen to you, […]

06
May

Why Did God Allow This To Happen?

Why Did God Allow This To Happen? I met with a woman in mid-March at Prenatal Clinic who was not our patient. She had delivered at Holy Spirit Hospital, but had insurance and received care through a private doctor. She came, not for care, but to donate baby items … for a very sad reason. […]

15
Apr

How to Make a Difference in a Kid’s Life

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care – Making a difference. Could you, too? Foster and adoptive parents are so very important to us at Diakon. Our workers truly care about the welfare of the families and children we serve. In fact, we make it our priority to provide them with the best advocacy and service—keeping in […]

17
Mar

Help A Child In Need

How To Help a Child In Need Diakon Child, Family, & Community Ministries has been making worlds whole for hurting children and youth since the mid-1800s. Today, one of our goals is to improve the lives of children, youth and families through foster care and adoption. Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Touches the Lives of […]

02
Mar

Vote for THIS Person!

Really?? You expected me to tell you who to vote for? That’s not going to happen. As a pastor, I do not have that responsibility or that power. In other words – that’s not my job! But let’s take a look at what we want to see happen in our state, in our country, and […]

26
Feb

The Importance of Place

The Importance of Place: A Reflection On Buildings A few months ago, you may have heard me mention that New Life Community Church (a.k.a. the Theater Church) bought the old First United Methodist church building! The discussion we had at the October Ministerium meeting was rich with questions about the issue of “the importance of place”. The […]

11
Feb

What Does it Mean to Be Evangelical?

What’s in a name? This came up recently in congregational council, over our tendency to occasionally “lose” the word evangelical when we refer to the name of our church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. I was reminded of it again while reading Shane Claiborne’s book, Irresistible Revolution, when he reminded us of the Greek roots […]

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