Category Archives: Lutherans, Lutheranism

Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-toce) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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Called to, part 5

One of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal order, had a dream at the time of the first vows, or maybe life profession, of another man. He wrote about his dream in Cowley, the … Continue reading

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Endings

There’s abandoned farm equipment in the woods near me. Rusted, curving blade-plates menace behind axles half sunk in the mud, a trailer lists on flat tires, a tractor cab, door-off-hinges, reveals a still-gleaming steering wheel and torn upholstery. I always … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 4

I’ve given Matthew 14:22-33 my best shot! Here’s a round-up of sermons, where you can hear what actual preachers have to say. Sermons are food. These are from all of the Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches on the towns along … Continue reading

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Um, What Should I Call You?

tl;dr: If you have trouble knowing how to address a member of the clergy, “Reverend” will do in a pinch. Also, Episcopalians have status issues. You know how design is information? What do the visual aspects of the following two … Continue reading

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Reopening Church; Old Guys

Imagine: No singing. No Eucharist. No shaking of hands. No hugging. No sharing a BCP or leaflet with a neighbor. No leaning toward each other in coffee hour chat. No sitting together for adult education. No hanging out in the … Continue reading

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COVID-19, Mental Health, the Churches, and God

Friends, I first published a version of this article on April 17. I checked the original recently, and some aspects of the websites I mention have changed. This update should be useful a bit longer than my original post. Maybe … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 1

Come on, O Lord God my Heavenly Father. You know and I know: Nothing changes. Human beings don’t improve, not for real, not permanently. About the best that can be said is that we sometimes fade into each other and … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 1

A gift of COVIDtide: you can attend church after church after church through the means of online services. I do realize that, puzzlingly, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and, it’s true, you can’t be physically present in the … Continue reading

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A Bishop Said

Here’s what one of Your bishops says: As an ELCA Lutheran, we believe that the Bible is a vessel and that through it God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the … Continue reading

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