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The Provision of Health Insurance by Religious Employers

I'm a big advocate of the separation of church and state. Knowing this, the other day someone asked me how I felt about the controvery surrounding health care, contraception, and religious employers. Here's my line of thought: The government has … Continue reading

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Short-term commitment to church? I can relate.

I don’t begrudge folks who slip into the church for a time and then find themselves away. Rather, part of what we’re called to do in the church is to walk with people where they’re at, and in that moment strive to be a welcoming community of Christ for them. Our doors are open.
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Our Church’s Life, Death, and Resurrection

I think that as people of faith who also love our church, our challenge is to believe the Easter message that out of death comes life, and that everything – even the church we love – dies and rises to new life with Christ.
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“Joining God in the Neighborhood”

I’m convinced that God is at work within the church walls, yes, but also beyond the church walls. God-things are happening at the altar and font, but also at the corner store, the barber shop, the shelter, the county government offices, the public schools, social service organizations, ten mile runs, and more.
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Questioning My Commitments to “The System”

I leaned over to a pastor friend of mine and said, “It’s events such as this that make me question my commitment to traditional forms of worship and ministry.”
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Tomorrow’s Sermon, Today

Though I often finish the first draft of my sermons on Fridays, I usually work on the sermons through Saturday evening and even into Sunday morning.  But this week I'm done earlier than usual. Tomorrow's sermon is available today, over … Continue reading

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Advent: Blue or Purple?

Reposted from my congregation's December newsletter, The Steeple Light What is the “proper” color of Advent – blue or purple?  Purple was the long-standing color used by Lutheran congregations, as well as other liturgical churches, through most of the 20th … Continue reading

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