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home : columnists : joy in the journey December 13, 2017


Peace for the sake of the world
This week's headlines about moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is troubling. While in my heart of hearts I see Jerusalem as the "capital" of Christianity, it makes little sense to use her as a political weapon. In fact, I believe that no good can come out of this announcement. Already, there has been violent protests around the Middle East and in parts of Asia over this decision.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
It was just soup, but meant much more
There are times when soup is just soup. Then there are the times when soup is much more than itself. This past week was tough for me. Maybe it is because some in my family were struggling with their health. Could be I am being a 'Martha' and just worried about the million little things that need to be dealt with by the end of the year.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
We must act against hunger, not just talk about it
"Poverty is not an accident." This tweet from @Pontifex, Pope Francis, jolted me to my core when I read it a day or so ago. So, if it is not an accident, what is it? The gist of his meaning is that poverty is not something that happens by coincidence. He continues in his thought, "It has causes that must be recognized and removed for the good of so many brothers and sisters."
Saturday, November 18, 2017
The smells and the bells and what they conjure in the soul
Halloween, it used to be my favorite holiday. Especially as a child, dressing up, running like feral animals through the neighborhood, collecting as much candy as my pillowcase would hold. After our haul, my brother, sister and I would spread our loot onto the floor of the living room and start to organize the candy. Chocolates in one pile, chewy in another, hard candy in the next and then the miscellaneous pile.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Different ways to read the Bible
Our Thursday night Bible study is reading a book by David Lose, a theology and homiletics (preaching) professor at Luther Seminary called, "Making Sense of Scripture". It has been a delightful class for both novice and well-read Bible readers. Eye opening for me is that the people in the class are appreciating and using Lose's insights equally no matter their individual Biblical scholarship.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Congratulations reader, YOU are part of us
It is not very often that I get "anti-fan" mail, but when I do, I want to use my keyboard to lash back at my opponent. Thankfully, I typically have an inner dialogue with my self and ignore the comments, and keep my sulking to myself. So today, because I have not had any of this type letters recently, I wanted to take the opportunity to say, if you are reading this, you do not have to agree with me. Also, when I was asked 6 years ago if I would be willing to write a "Faith-Based" column, there were no parameters set.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Action of the words is where healing begins
"There is more good in the world than bad." These are the words, spoken by Ellen DeGeneres, which have been ruminating in my mind all week long. Of course, as a pastor scripture verses such as: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Going to the Dogs
My dog loves me unconditionally. Or, she is a really good pretender. There have been times when I have found her water bowl lacking H2O, or is filmy and disgusting. There have been times when I have ignored her requests for affection. Admittedly, I have not been always timely with her breakfast and dinner.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Forgive and remember they are forgiven
Last weekend, I finally heard something about forgiveness that will stick with me forever. Many times in my life I have struggled with forgiveness and making it stick. When someone "trespasses against me," typically I can forgive quickly, but then I find myself holding onto the pain, or the memory of the offence.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Loving is what Jesus did best
Feeling a little melancholy after moving our youngest son to Kansas City last week, I have been trying to discern the cause of my angst. It dawned on me, a day or so ago, that I have been enjoying the first day of school with at least one of my children for thirty-four years.
Saturday, September 16, 2017



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