The Mayflower

The Mayflower is arguably one of the more famous ships in nautical history. Had it not carried the Pilgrims across the stormy north Atlantic back in 1620 it would have likely faded away with little fanfare. Such was the fate of many other ships of that era. Like many similar ships, the Mayflower was intended to haul cargo up and down the European Atlantic coast. Then it got used to haul a group of men, […]

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2017 Goal: Do the research on William Brewster’s Legacy

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David – William Brewster 1566 – 1644 Our mother, the research librarian, spent many hours of her later years documenting our family’s connection to William Brewster of the Mayflower. Our branch of the family loses the Brewster name here in this graveyard in Duncan Falls, Ohio. Several of my ancestors lived and died in this community not many miles Southeast of Columbus. […]

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Wherever Two or Three are Gathered There’s Potential for Conflict

So, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24) Many years ago I was a lay member of a congregation the bishop credited as being the most conflicted congregation he’d ever had to manage in his […]

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Let there be Light

Two quick stories occur to me in light of recent national and international events. Both have actually happened. An elderly member of our congregation was scheduled for knee replacement surgery in a couple of months and was limping along as best should could until then. Meanwhile she needed to see another doctor about another matter. It was the middle of summer in Houston. This means it was also in the mid-90’s that day. The parking […]

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Dance to the Music

It’s not every week one gets to observe the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation dancing with the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA to the music of a live mariachi band. Such was my good fortune Tuesday evening. The event was our annual Theological Conference, held this year in Austin, Texas. The venue was the restaurant next door to the conference center. The occasion was the annual “thank you” dinner hosted by the Lutheran […]

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