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28
Sep

Jesus Camp

A peculiar convergence of thoughts and events: First the thoughts. This past Sunday my sermon included my thoughts about the Christian life and children, inspired partly by the Gospel lesson and partly by the fact that we had two little ones being baptized.  I noted then that there is no instance in the Gospels where […]

27
Sep

Nearly Drowning

Having been blogging now for over a week, the challenge of finding things to write about begins to emerge. Last week I wrote about some of the rhythms of an ordinary week in my present life. One solution to the problem of finding writing themes is to delve into the past. People who have listened […]

26
Sep

Measuring the Soul

I think the best measurement available to us of the dimensions of the human soul is found in our capacity to hold other persons inside our heart. By holding other persons I mean being able to truly care about them; to feel for them in their struggles and rejoice with them in their joys.  Sharing […]

25
Sep

Remembering Sunday

At the end of a Sunday, there is always a sense of my mind being fried. So much taken in, so much put out. Sunday mornings are adrenalin rushes. A lot gets packed into a couple hours. It is good this morning to take time and remember what took place yesterday, lest it all get […]

24
Sep

Animation, by John Bidwell

Animation Flash! The coalescence of the gas When time was born so things could come to pass, A blinding light as all that was would grow Until the forms it took could even know. From this came life, each moment giving birth The seeds of which once rained upon the earth Absorbing sunlight changing what’s […]

24
Sep

Screeching Computers

The old computer I usually work on is screeching like a cat. The fan that keeps it from overheating has given up the ghost. My sermon notes are on it and I’m not sure it will give them up. (I am typing this on the other computer in the house.) Fortunately, my sermon is mostly […]

23
Sep

Saturdays for a preacher

Saturdays feel different to me than other people.  For most people it is the day after the work week, to do with what you will, whether that be household chores you haven’t gotten to all week or leisure activities.  For me, Saturday is the day I must make major progress in the process of preparing […]

22
Sep

My Mother, by Terry Germann

My Mother Everybody has a mother and I am no different. My mother and I were very close throughout my life. Whenever I had a problem, she was always there to listen and give me advice. Whenever I had a joy to share with her, she was always there to celebrate it with me. When […]

22
Sep

Named and anointed; treasures hidden and discovered.

Yesterday I attended a district meeting of clergy with my oldest friend David. Usually, I must admit, I don’t much care for such gatherings. This one was better than usual. A couple of reasons come to mind: The clarity with which I began the day. The presence of my friend David (on disability, he usually […]

21
Sep

Simple Choices

Another day. A long day yesterday and another long day ahead today. How to keep focused, creative, and open. And how NOT to succumb to the darkness in its many forms: anxiety, irritability, hostility, despair.  How to choose love. When it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about. Simple choices. To consciously […]

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