Month: February 2020

Sunday sermon preview: We’ve given up everything to follow you. And you’re telling us that following the commandments isn’t enough… and giving up everything isn’t enough… and nothing is enough… and for us it’s impossible? Facebook Twitter Buffer…
In one of the rooms near the end of the hall, there are portraits of Jesus. They show him with children… which is right. They show him with a crown of thorns… which is right. They show him knocking on a door… which I’m sure he did and which is a good metaphor. And they show him being White, with flowing blond hair, a Greek nose, and striking blue eyes… and that is wrong. Now, don’t misunderstand me. There are millions of portraits of Jesus. Artists have portrayed him as every shape and size and race and color; with…
Sunday sermon preview: There are millions of pictures of Jesus. Some of them are paint on canvas. Some of them are words on pages. Some of them are just ideas in our heads. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
When Mariah and I bought our house, the basement was done in a… certain style. Let’s call it dive bar chic. The foundation walls were cinder block. Different partition walls were different kinds of wooden slats over different styles of frames. One door was close to a normal door; another one was a swinging door; another one was a saloon door. The tile in one area was asbestos; the tile in another area was vinyl; the tile in another area was a different kind of vinyl. Some lights were fully installed; others were powered by an extension cord draped…
Sunday sermon preview: Tradition is how we keep our balance, how we show our devotion, how we know who we are. And here is Jesus… flouting tradition. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: What are the tasks and challenges to which we are called and what are the joys and blessings to be found in following that path of faith? Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the February 2020 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. The weather in Iowa can change in a moment. Right now, while I’m writing this newsletter column, I can see snow outside my window, the temperature is below freezing, and the forecast says there are snow showers on the schedule. It’s a far cry from the unseasonably warm temperatures we were enjoying at the end of the year. And it might even be warm and sunny again by the time you read this. The rhythm of the meteorological seasons is changing….
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is February 19, 2020. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Imagine that you are the greeter at the door of a party. There are two groups of people who want to get in. We’ll call one of the groups, The Blue Angels. And we’ll call the other group… Group Two. The host would like you to let all of the Blue Angels in; and none of the people in Group Two in. But there’s a problem. You can’t tell the difference between the two groups. And any system you come up with that lets all of the Blue Angels in, will also let in some of the members of…

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