Categories: Pastor's Midweek Missive

A False Sense of Security

Carolyn and I went last Friday to friends who have a house on the edge of Lake Winona. After a nice lunch, we changed into shorts, and short-sleeved shirts went out onto the lake on their pontoon boat. We went around the lake looking at the various properties on the shoreline and talking about growing […]

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For You Were a Stranger Once

Yesterday I made the three and a half hour drive to a 12:30 p.m. appointment at the Homeland Security offices in terminal five at O’Hare international airport on the north side of Chicago. As I went into the secure area, I was greeted by a rather large male Homeland security officer seated inside a glass-walled security cubicle, who between the mouthfuls of a sandwich he was eating, greeted me […]

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Free at Last!

Yesterday morning, like many around the world, I joined the collective sigh of relief that 12 members of a Thai youth soccer team and their coach, together with those who had been with them over the past few days all got out of their underground ordeal in a cave in Thailand, alive and for the […]

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Words are Important!

I have always been fascinated with the power of words. A simple proverb can express a profound truth; a piece of poetry can inspire us or move us to tears; a good book can capture our imagination, making us feel part of another world; a well-chosen word of thanks or appreciation can lift the spirit. […]

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Everything Fits Into Place

When my youngest daughter Fiona was growing up, she took up rowing in high school. She became very proficient and soon was selected to row in both the coxless ‘8’s’ and the ‘4’s.’ She preferred rowing as part of a team and not alone. She was a strong oarswoman and had the ‘bow’ seat or […]

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Why Pride?

It’s the first full week of June! It’s definitely hotter and people are spending more time outdoors with family and friends. I on the other hand get a little cranky this time of year because of heat. It’s also annual conference time for the Indiana United Methodist Church, and its Pride week here in Indianapolis. […]

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Deserts and Rainforests

Last week I shared a thought on how we sometimes overlook the place of the Ascension in the life of the Church. I suggested to do so was rendering the life of Jesus an incomplete story, much like a book that had the las pages missing. This week, we arrive at the final pages and […]

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The Bigger Picture

One of the advantages of the digital audiobook or E-reader is that they cannot have pages disappear on you. I am one of those people who still prefer to feel the book in my hand when I am reading. There is nothing more frustrating than reading a book only to find the last page or […]

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