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?…
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…
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….
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;…
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….
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?…
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…
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….
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…

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