Ordinary Time

The church is entering a time of the Christian Year called Ordinary time. We tend to think of Ordinary things as plain, simple and maybe even boring. But often times our meaning and purpose is found not in the extravagant and spectacular, but the ordinary things of life and...
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Prayer

As I read the Gospels, I am reminded of the many times when Jesus went off by himself to a quiet place to pray. He did this when he was tired. He did this when he was grieved. He did this when he was overwhelmed. He did this when he was worried. That is the best thing I know to...
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A Word about That

There is a lot in the news about Bill O’Reilly and the growing allegations of sexual harassment against him. For those who do not, nor ever have, liked his show, there is a sense of celebration now that he is gone from the Fox channel. For those who do, and always have,...
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Bruised Reeds & Dimly Burning Wicks

Today’s lectionary reading comes from Isaiah 42: 1-9. I invite you to find a space free of interruptions for a little bit of time to read through this Scripture slowly a few times, listening for what God is saying. I have read this passage many times in my life, but today...
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Repeal and Replace

There is a debate raging over the fate of the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”). If you are partisan at all, or if you’ve just been listening to or paying attention to the news in whatever form you do that, this first sentence may hook you and elicit certain...
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Holy & Acceptable

Today is my birthday. It is a day when I am remembering what a gift it is to be alive and how much deeper that gift is because of all the people I share my life with. I am also moving into those middle aged years of life and have been reflecting quite a bit on what that means. I...
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The Center

It is hard to watch, listen or read the news right now. This political season has seemed particularly unpredictable and difficult. As I write this I don’t presume that whoever reads it will vote the way I do and that is okay. As a follower of Christ, I have to remind myself...
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Fragments

Aristotle postulated that, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” These 10 words could open doors to all kinds of conversations. I think about this phrase when I think about people and the world around us. No individual person or thing is a whole in and of...
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Reconciliation and Charlotte

The next two Sundays we will be taking up a special offering during church and focusing on the work of reconciliation. We will also celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 2nd which is a day to remember and celebrate our differences held together in the oneness of Christ. The...
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Empty

I have only let it happen once. One day in college I was running late, jumped in my car to drive to my classes and saw the gas gauge glaring at me, the dial pointing at the brightly illuminated “E” for empty. I thought, “I don’t have far to go, so surely...
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