Category Archives: Lutheran

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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Danger!

This is something of an announcement. An invitation. Blow the trumpets. I’m going to try something a little different. That alone is danger enough, for those who know me well. “What would it be like if…..” What would it be … Continue reading

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Have Yourself a Sneaky Subversive Little Christmas

Disclaimer:  This is NOT my Christmas sermon, so reading it does not absolve you from going to church! I hate Christmas ranting.  I strongly dislike all the trite little catch-phrase campaigns like “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season” and … Continue reading

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A fantasy for all the days until Christmas

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the … 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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