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When Will We EVER Learn?

Where have all the flowers gone? Girls have picked them every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? (Pete Seeger) I’ve just read a thread of Facebook posts offering empathy and encouragement to a woman whose father was a pastor. Sadly, in all her years of studying and serving the church as a pastor, he’s never accepted her as a colleague in the ministry. Why? Because she’s a she. In an […]

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The Church Universal

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) When I travel I explore new congregations on Sunday mornings. At the recommendation of a friend, I found a gem on my recent Ohio visit. Peace Lutheran in Gahanna is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in central Ohio, having been founded in 1838. Only a couple of decades short of a 200th anniversary, this congregation is still going strong. […]

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Launching and Leaving

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” —Art Linkletter May in Ohio this year has been a whirlwind for my family. Early in May my older daughter’s oldest graduated from college and is now in full-time look-for-work mode. My younger daughter’s twins will graduate from high school before the month ends. Two days after they flip their tassels they’ll head be in Texas to work at […]

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Thoughts for Mother’s Day

Skip the sugary sweet mother’s day cards. Ditch the flowers and candy. Phone calls are good. Visits are better. What mothers really need are children who accept the reality no woman is born knowing how to mother. Some, surrounded by experienced women and an engaged father, get up to speed quickly, assuring her mothering efforts go well for the most part. Some figure it out eventually via an on-the-job learning curve that leaves only minor […]

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When not to do unto others as they have done unto you.

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Col.3: 12-13) When Terri Roberts heard the sirens she wondered what was going on. Nothing much ever happened in her small rural community. Then her husband Chuck called and told her to meet […]

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