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Pastoral Care

(the following is a sermon prepared for the 5th Sunday of the Epiphany, the Gospel Text was from Mark 1:29-39) I grew up as the oldest son of a Lutheran Pastor My dad had several little congregations in country towns around central North Carolina places like...

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An Invitation

I would like to invite you to consider having an adventure. A group of us are going to join together to cycle and walk on the Portuguese Way of the Camino De Santiago. A Camino is an ancient tradition of stepping away from one’s life for a period of time to reflect....

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Mothering Addiction by Lynda Harrison Hatcher

It’s not often anymore that I get so caught up in a book that I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it. Lynda’s book caught me by surprise. I ended up devoting a whole morning reading to the end. It is not a ‘feel good’ story. It is an honest revelation of one...

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Who Do People Say That I Am?

My best sermons are the ones that I write to myself. I recently wrote one based on Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus turns to his disciples and asks “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?” Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. With that answer...

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THOUGHTS ON CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

I grew up in the Lutheran church, where civil disobedience is part of the fabric. Martin Luther believed that we had a responsibility to stand against the government when our faith required it. I’ve participated in the civil rights movement, demonstrated against the...

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WHAT ELSE HAVE I BEEN LYING TO MYSELF ABOUT?

(The following is a sermon preached on July 23, 2017. The texts for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost were Genesis 28:10-19a and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. I write in an oral style so you won’t find punctuation but hopefully a sense of the flow of the presentation) Summer...

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LETTER TO A YOUNG FRIEND

2017 I was recently asked to write a letter about what it means to be a man to a young man who was turning 13. It was an opportunity for me to think about what’s been important in my life. I am sure that I will add to it and edit it as time goes on. For the purpose of...

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Guest Blog: Response to Bien Camino

(the following blog is a response written by Michael Christianson who was our guide on the Camino experience described in my last post. Michael is Scandinavian and now lives in Spain. He has extensive experience in guiding groups on the various trails that make up the...

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