Monthly Archives: October 2017

Lip Surgery

Lip Surgery by Joni “‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips.’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With… Continue reading




Matthew 22:15-22

Matthew 22:15-22   Has there been a common thread or theme for the readings this week? For me it has been the bold proclamations revealing the primacy of God. In Isaiah we read: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” In the psalm… Continue reading




I’d Never Do That!

I’d Never Do That! by Joni “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Corinthians 10:12 You’ll never catch me doing that!” one might say. “Oh yeah?” Upright and obedient, Noah stood alone against a carousing, lustful world… Continue reading




1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   How satisfying would you find it to be a member of a congregation where the pastoral team included Paul and Timothy? I’m guessing most of us would love hearing Paul or Timothy remind us how each day finds them taking time… Continue reading




Know Your Transgressions

Know Your Transgressions by Joni “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you… Continue reading




Psalm 96:1-9

Psalm 96:1-9   On a recent trip to St. Louis with stops along the way at zoos in Milwaukee and Chicago, our 10 year old grandson surprised us with his knowledge of the animal kingdom, especially his favorite, the tiger. In a game of recall… Continue reading




The Day of Evil

The Day of Evil by Joni “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of… Continue reading




You Are an Eagle

You Are an Eagle by Joni “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not… Continue reading




Isaiah 45:1-7

Isaiah 45:1-7   Isaiah, chapters 44 and 45, contrasts the God of Jacob with the inadequacy and foolishness of those choosing to create false gods. Such idolatrous images are incapable of saving anyone. In contrast to such futile efforts, stand the saving actions revealed through… Continue reading




“In Christ There Is No East or West,”

“In Christ There Is No East or West,” ELW 650 In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north, but one community of love throughout the whole wide earth. In Christ shall true hearts ev’rywhere their high communion find; his… Continue reading