Category Archives: Pastoring

Setting the Table; An Invitation to Belong

When I was a child, my grandparents had a working ranch near Dodge City, Kansas. It was a couple thousand acres sprawled across sandy slopes of alfalfa and corn bordered by the Arkansas River on the north that always ran … Continue reading

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Is This What Lent Feels Like?

Today’s daily readings sunk into my belly like molten lead. The Psalmist has that kind of wild-eyed desperation as he cries, “Make haste to save me, oh God!” But God and haste don’t usually go well together. And later, “…I’ve … Continue reading

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The Chemistry of the Kingdom

I took a vow once to underline every verse in Matthew that started out with the phrase, “the kingdom of heaven is like…”. My self-diagnosed ADD made sure it was a temporary vow. I like going back and meditating on … Continue reading

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Reasons I Use the Book of Common Prayer

On a whim a several years ago I bought an inexpensive copy of the Book of Common Prayer. When the Amazon package showed up on my door I opened it, thumbed through it, found the “Dearly beloved, we have gathered … Continue reading

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Bend and See

In the stale rhythm of winter one thing circulates through my mind. It’s the knowing that Spring is next. Does it come in March or April? I can never remember. Even after 34 rhythms of Spring-coming-after-Winter, it still surprises me. … Continue reading

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Killing Gungor

 The blood still stains the teeth of theologian yard dogs after they  encircled and mauled their victims the last few weeks. They follow the headlines and the rumors and the scent of blood and without questioning, without hesitating, without knowing, … Continue reading

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Putting Discipline Back Into Discipleship

  “Have we been so accustomed to cheap grace that we instinctively shy away from more demanding calls to obedience?” Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline Every Christian feels the pangs of this statement. We know we need discipline, but it … Continue reading

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Advent Family Readings Week 2: Preparation

Download PDF version here Sunday, December 8th Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 This passage is full of images of lions and lambs eating straw together and babies playing with cobras. What makes these images so special? Jesus brings peace and safety. In preparation … Continue reading

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Advent Family Readings Week 1: Hope

Download PDF here Sunday, December 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5 How do you think the Israelites felt that aſter years of horrible suffering at the hands of foreign enemies God was going to bring them comfort, peace, and forgiveness of sins? … Continue reading

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Making an Adventure Out of Advent

I was tired of Christmas feeling like a drive-by shooting; a loud bang, then all of a sudden I feel really tired and have an overwhelming sense of having been robbed. But there’s a different way, an ancient way, to … Continue reading

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