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If They Were Here (You Would Have Told Them)

I don’t usually preach with any one person in mind.  I don’t target people, no matter how much they need it.  In my first church, I had a parishioner who I will call “Carol” (not her real name).  Carol was … Continue reading

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Learning From Mistakes (or How I Became a Feminist While Attending a Conservative Baptist Seminary)

I have made many mistakes in the course of my lifetime, but during the summer of 1972, I made some doozies.  I had been the youth pastor at Zion Covenant Church in Ellsworth, WI, during my second year of seminary … Continue reading

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It’ll Be Fun (It’ll Be Fine)

When I retired, we faced the choice of where we wanted to worship.  We visited several churches and I preached in a few as well.  By September, we had more or less made up our minds.  I saw Dale Clem, … Continue reading

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Coming Home

As you read this, we are either on the way or already in Minnesota.  It is my first trip back in sixteen years and I am really looking forward to it.  I have lived in Alabama forty years now, but … Continue reading

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All Things to All People?

Many years ago, I was working on an article for a media magazine called Broadcast Programming and Production. It was a secular trade magazine and I was working on an article about Christian broadcasting.  I interviewed program directors at stations … Continue reading

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Math Amnesia

During the children’s time last Sunday, the pastor prayed that the kids would have a fun summer, but not forget everything they learned the past year.  I could have used that prayer 60 years ago. The first years of school … Continue reading

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Shakespeare or Jesus

I enjoy some of the online quizzes that check your general knowledge.  Recently I scored 100 on a quiz on presidents, but only got 75 on one about Star Wars.  Both surprised me.  But truthfully the presidents quiz was pretty … Continue reading

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Eyes Like Jesus

Having worn glasses since I was in second grade, I often wish I had better eyesight.  Recently, while on vacation, I put my glasses beside the bed before going to sleep.  In the early morning dark, I started feeling around … Continue reading

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Learning Humility

James 4:10 encourages us to “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  We Americans are sort of unfamiliar with being a servant and being humble.  But I learned a little bit about it when I was … Continue reading

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Lone Goose

(This was originally going to be my monthly contribution to Jones Valley Life for their June issue, but the magazine has folded.) Around the lakes of our neighborhood there are three common types of waterfowl:  herons, ducks (mostly mallards), and Canada … Continue reading

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