Ongoing lessons from Congress for the church

As a long-time student of politics and theology/faith/religion/etc, I have been watching the recent events of the US House of Representatives and their attempts to elect a Speaker of the House as well as the the ripple effect from it. And I’ve been thinking about the lessons that the...
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Hopes for the Church in 2023

We all know the constant refrain – “the church is in decline!!!!!!” It’s the constant drumbeat that is being beaten into us. But I wonder if the punctuation is incorrect. I wonder we are hearing it the wrong way. I wonder if we are assuming exclamation points like the...
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They aren’t going to quit

They aren’t going to quit – ever. You know who I’m talking about. Let’s stop kidding ourselves. Let’s stop talking in the abstract and get right to the point about this. The people who act with cruelty will never stop. They aren’t going to change. They aren’t going to...
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Blankets on the West Lawn of the US Capitol

On Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, the Memorial Blanket Project came to fruition. It’s been a week now and I’m still struggling with the words to express. What words does one use to talk about what it means to have 1179 handmade blankets and quilts laid out on the West...
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Blankets at the Cathedral

Yesterday was a great day. The Memorial Blanket Project (www.memorialblanket.org) received the support of the National Cathedral (www.Cathedral.org) in our effort to raise awareness around the issue of homelessness in our nation. We We laid down 95 blankets on Walker Court in front of the main entrance of the...
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Yesterday I go to do something fun

Yesterday I got to do something fun – I was invited to go into a high school class and talk about Christianity. Now, that might not sound like fun to many of you, but as a Lutheran pastor, that’s about as good as it gets. This was for a...
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How do I let them go?

I’m going to let you in on a conversation I was having with God the other day. I was frustrated. I had enough. I’m was tired of what I refer to and call “crappy” Christians, because I didn’t know what else to call them – people who claim the...
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A larger image of God

One thing that I dream of is being part of a diverse “congregation.” I’m using that term loosely. I’m told by many people that it’s just not realistic in South Central PA to have a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-lingual “congregation” in a mainline denomination such as the ELCA, which is...
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The church bubble burst awhile ago

There have been financial bubbles, housing bubbles, tech bubbles, dot-com bubbles, and more. Bubbles are not new. They have been around for a long time. “Perhaps the most beautiful one came in the Netherlands when trading of tulip futures — especially bulbs infected by a virus that caused the...
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