Category Archives: Lectionary

Queen of But

My options are limited.  That was what the lady at the wig shop said to me after she measured my head before I lost my hair to chemo.  My head is too big.  My options are limited.  I couldn’t believe … Continue reading

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In Praise of Foolishness

Matthew 25:1–13 Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no … Continue reading

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The Graveyard Gets a Vote

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun Ecclesiastes 1:9   Leisurely Saturday morning breakfast gave rise to conversation about scary stories and Beetlejuice, last … Continue reading

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You Got a Problem with That?

Back in the years when this part of Ohio was Western Frontier, a certain Methodist preacher was having issues with his neighbor over a property boundary issue, and the neighbor no longer attended church.    The Methodist bishop wrote a … Continue reading

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Duty and Delight

“It is our duty and delight..”  Lutheran Book of Worship “It is truly right, our duty and our Joy…” Evangelical Lutheran Worship “It is truly meet, right and salutary.”  Service Book and Hymnal We who are liturgically bent speak or sing … Continue reading

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Let Those Who Have Ears

Sometimes I think God must be poking me.  On Sunday I declared Jesus’ words at the end of the Gospel reading (Matt. 13) “Let Those Who Have Ears Listen!”  On Wednesday, I have a raging ear infection and cannot hear … Continue reading

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How does your garden grow?

Betsy, Betsy Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow? Sing song with me:  “Insert your name)  (Insert your name) Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow?” Ask me in June, and it flourishes with hope and imagination and it is … Continue reading

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Anagrams Bananagrams

I try not to rant, well, not too much. I try to give proper respect to the pulpits I serve, both in person and in print. This is all a pre-emptive apology for what I need to get out of … Continue reading

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Still I Rise

Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;  I Peter 3:15 The liturgical feast of the Ascension  and the lyrical feast that was Maya Angelou almost … Continue reading

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April 20

My son was born on April 20.     “The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News couldn’t avoid the Tech killer’s references to the 1999 Columbine shootings — tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the Columbine shootings”     why did the oklahoma … Continue reading

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