Earth Day 2020 in a COVID-19 World

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. I intended to blog about that, taking a break from anything COVID-19 related. However, as I sat down to write this blog, I learned more of my 2020 plans were cancelled, because of COVID-19. I thank all those decision-makers who have to make these unpopular announcements. Still, my plans included a once-in-a-life time opportunity to celebrate with other distant relatives the 400th anniversary of […]

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Let there be Light

Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:6)  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 […]

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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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Separation of Church and State

Let every person subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1) As we inaugurate the 45th President of the United States, I’ve been thinking about our concept of separation of church and state. Sometimes I hear this interpreted to mean we are to be free FROM religion, which to my thinking was not the original intent. Sometimes we interpret […]

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My New Year’s Non-Resolutions

It’s a new year and the time when many make pledges to themselves to improve their lives in some way. I’ve made many resolutions over the years. And failed to keep them nearly 100% of the time. So this year, I didn’t bother. I did make a list of things I’d like to have achieved by the end of the year. Some are personal involving improving or strengthening relationships with a few folks in my […]

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