Monthly Archives: February 2012

Keeping Score Church-Style

Today is the deadline for submitting my Congregational Report to the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).  I will dutifully count the number of baptisms, new members, confirmations, and so on that occurred in 2011.  I will report income, expenses, … Continue reading

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42 Youths Mauled by Bears!

Elisha the prophet was walking to Bethel.  Some kids from the town started taunting him.  “What’s up, old baldhead!  Out of our way, skinhead.”* As a fellow member of the No-hair Club for Men, I share Elisha’s offense at what those … Continue reading

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Stump the Pastor in WaWa or Why I Wear a Clerical Collar

What a long line at WaWa this morning!  I was there on my daily visit to buy coffee, and although it was rush hour both on the road and inside the WaWa there was only one register open.  Thankfully, a guy appeared … Continue reading

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My New Favorite Quotation

“What are you going to do now that you don’t have to do anything?”                       – Gerhard Forde I just came across this quotation last week.  What a wonderful summation of … Continue reading

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“The Tree of Life,” Lutheran Theology, The Meaning of Art, and Even Dinosaurs, All in One Blog Post

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth.  When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? — Job 38:47,  shown at the opening of “The Tree of Life” Mother, brother – … Continue reading

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