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Advent Meditations Coming

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November 15, 2018 — Next week, of course, is Thanksgiving. Early this year, on November 22. After that it’s full on for Christmas unless . . . You “keep Advent.” Advent is the four Sunday season before Christmas. So this year it begins on December 2 and ends on December 23. I’ve always thought that Advent offered a bit... Read More

Consumers All?

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November 13, 2018 — During a recent KUOW (Seattle-based NPR affiliate) fundraiser, one of the people asking for support said, “Think about it! How much KUOW programming do you consume each week?” It struck me as an odd choice of words. Why not just say, “How much KUOW programming do you listen to each week?” But we have been... Read More

About Death

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November 8, 2018 — My friend, Matt Fitzgerald, has an absolutely terrific article in the current issue of The Christian Century titled, “Shaping My Mind To Die.” (Probably behind a pay wall, but access to this and other articles is worth the modest on-line subscription cost.) Matt’s article was prompted by an app on his smartphone. That app is called WeCroak.... Read More

Your Crown Has Been Bought and Paid For

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November 6, 2018 — The best speech I heard on voting in the run up to these mid-terms came from Oprah Winfrey, as she stumped for Stacey Abrams’s gubernatorial candidacy in Georgia. Oprah talked about all the sacrifices that, in particular, African-Americans had made to gain the vote. Those stories are many. They are heroic and they are harrowing.... Read More

Notes of a Skeptic

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November 5, 2018 — While it is the eve of the mid-term election, I need a break from politics. So I’m writing about something else entirely. For my birthday, my daughter Laura gave me a book titled, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. The authors are Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. Laura and her colleagues at... Read More

An Absent God

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November 1, 2018 — Traveling about, I visit a variety of (mostly mainline Protestant) churches. I hear the clergy — we clergy — say often (as if repetition would make it so), “God loves you.” And again, “God loves you so much!” One more time: “God really, really loves you!“ I get why we say that. We believe that God... Read More

We Are the Elders Who Remain

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October 31, 2018 — In the days following the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a friend passed on to us the following thoughtful piece from Marc Freedman. (The photo is one I took recently of an oak tree in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.) “As the people in Pittsburgh begin to bury their loved... Read More

In a Dangerous Time

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October 29, 2018 — The murders at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday are unspeakable. Nevertheless, we must speak — to express our sadness, our outrage, as well as our compassion for the people and families of the historic Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Predictably the President responded by saying that the temple should have had armed... Read More

Behind the Migrant “Caravan”

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October 26, 2018 — I found the following piece, from an American who has lived in Honduras for a decade, at Rod Dreher’s site. It is a very thoughtful look behind the migrant caravan, over which President Trump is making such a lot of political hay. While the author acknowledges that there are no easy answers, he does have... Read More

Faith and Healing

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October 23, 2018 — I’m preaching this weekend up on Guemes Island, at the little community/ UCC church there. Guemes is the nearest of the San Juan Islands, yet the least developed or inhabited. As if people hop-scotched over it on the way to the more alluring Orcas, Lopez or San Juan. The gospel text for this Sunday is... Read More