Category Archives: Devotional Reflection

The Recognition Fantasy Come True

Following up on the reflections on glory in yesterday’s sermon. It is normal for us to want to be recognized, appreciated and rewarded when we do a good thing. This normal desire leads to a fantasy, that some person of … Continue reading

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Happy (Christian Liturgical) New Year!

Ahhh, now we can all breath a sigh of relief. The priests of modern knowledge have established a narrative through which we can view the Planned Parenthood shooter. Finding the narrative, usually disguised as a “motive” is the first quest … Continue reading

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“Things Move Fast When You’re Me”

Daniel is back. He did some time in jail and the hospital. Sunday was the first day he saw me since I got back from Synod. I had been holding $400 of his money for him since he’s sure that … Continue reading

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My Golden Rule of Speaking in a Context of Relational Conflict

Avoid the second person. In conflict we become afraid and fear makes us defensive. Sometimes we are afraid for our safety, often we are afraid for our reputation or our self-image. We immediately look for the faults of those across … Continue reading

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David Brook’s Moral Bucket List, My Dying Friend and the Cross of Christ

The Doctors Say A Friend of Mine is Dying He’s nearly my father’s age and his body just can’t take much more of his life. When I came to this church he knew we would be friends. He was always … Continue reading

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Jesus Welcomes Mockers, Skeptics, Spitters, Abusers

Defending Insecure Gods Reputation matters. We all know this. We get into it with each other on Facebook, at family gatherings, in magazines, through cartoons, even to the point of shedding blood. The lectionary text this week from the Gospel … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert and Friends Gives us a Wonderful Taste of Advent

Stephen Colbert concluded his series.  I found great delight in his sing-along. Why? To me it is an image of the age to come. No I’m not a universalist. Yes, I realize these are all celebrities. What is my point? A … Continue reading

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