Life is a Team Sport

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ (John :20:18) We have only brief references to Mary Magdalene in Scripture, making it difficult to separate fact from fantasy. We do know she showed up. She showed up to let Jesus heal her. She showed up with a group of women who followed him. She showed up that gruesome afternoon when he was crucified. She showed up to discover the empty […]

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Love, in the Face of Hate and Fear

Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37) I only know Marilyn Sharpe because she e-mails me items every once in a while about her ministry. What I do know is that, in light of the recent outbreaks of violence, her tips offer practical, doable, helpful insights in how to de-escalate the inflammatory rhetoric and rash outbreaks of angry retaliation we see all too often. Marilyn helps congregations equip homes to nurture faith for all generations. She is a congregational coach, […]

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Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32). Are you sick and tired of all the news about people killing other people because of whatever misguided excuse they have for doing that? Me too. Do you feel helpless to do anything to turn the tide away […]

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Summer Time and the Camp Programs are Amazing

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. (Proverbs 22:6) The writing life requires both solitude to be alone with one’s thoughts and conversations with all sorts of people to learn, promote, improve, and have something worth thinking about during the solitude. I met Mary Hamilton at a writer’s critique group. She grew up at one of the Lutheran camps in the same Outdoor Ministry network as Lutherhill where I […]

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Whole World

For God so loved THE WORLD that he gave his only Son, that whoever trusts him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16) By now everything that can be said about the Orlando massacre has been said. Soon there will be another outrageous assault on the lives of innocent people and we’ll all turn our attention to that one. Again we’ll line up on our preferred sides of the political arguments about who’s […]

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