Categories: Pastor's Midweek Missive

A Generous Heart (Luke 6:27-38)

As I read Luke’s version of Jesus’ famous teachings around our response to bullies and beggars, I am stricken with one question… “How?”  “How can any of us learn to live in this way?”  It seems rather impractical to turn the other cheek to someone who abuses us. Our entertainment is ripe with revenge stories. […]

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Living Water

It has been a pretty mixed bag when it comes to the weather here in Indianapolis. Here we are on May 2 and there is a threat of snow in some places – but then it is Indiana after all and to misquote Mark Twain, ‘If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, just wait a […]

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Time for Glory

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. We re-enacted the excitement of the palm waving crowds in Jerusalem, as they hailed Jesus as their messiah. It was Passover, the annual festival celebrating God’s deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt.  The streets of Jerusalem were crowded with worshippers from all over the Roman Empire and Africa. Word […]

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Honest With God

Are you familiar with the term ‘greenwash’? I wasn’t until a few years ago. It’s a term that is used to describe the efforts of larger industries and corporations to present their products as environmentally sensitive, even when they may be anything but eco-friendly. Have you noticed, for example, how virtually every detergent you buy […]

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Bed of Lies

Have you ever heard yourself making excuses? Have you failed at your New Year’s Resolutions? What excuses are you rehearsing? What have you given up for Lent that you haven’t truly given up? This year my wife and I decided to try the Keto Diet, high fat, medium protein and low carbs. That means ordering […]

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The Heart’s True Cry

March 6 was the beginning of Lent. Lent is sort of like running a sprint, an intense period of exercise. There are two times in our Christian calendar for these sprints, the four weeks before Christmas, which is called Advent, and Lent, the 40 days, not counting Sundays, before Easter. The word Lent is from […]

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A Troubled Past (Isa 63:15-64:9)

As I read the words of the prophet Isaiah I think of a troubled marriage. Like a fly on a wall I can eavesdrop on this troubled relationship. “You’re never here!” she yells in exasperation! “Even when you are here, you’re not here! Where are you?” “You treat me like I’m some kind of stranger! Worse! […]

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Not Chained

I was raised in a Bible-believing tradition, the German Evangelical and Reformed Church, which during my childhood merged with the Congregational Churches of Christ in Boston to create the United Church of Christ.  Both of my childhood congregations have since left the UCC because they do not accept the liberal teachings of their denominational leadership. […]

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