Monthly Archives: January 2018

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

1 Corinthians 9:16-23   What does it mean to become “all things to all people?” I think at times we have taken it to mean that in our proclamation of the gospel we must morph the meaning to fit the audience. Certainly, if taken to… Continue reading




Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Psalm 147:1-11, 20c What has God done? Words cannot express! God’s works are great and God’s works are small. God’s works are general and God’s works are specific. God names the stars in galaxies far away and tends to the young ravens when they cry.… Continue reading




Isaiah 40:21-31

Isaiah 40:21-31   “Have you not known? Have you not heard?” These questions are asked with the implication that indeed these people have heard the good news. However, these questions are asked to a people in exile, a people who may have forgotten the faithfulness… Continue reading




“O Zion, Haste,”

“O Zion, Haste,” ELW 668 (Verse 2) O Zion, haste, your mission high fulfilling, to tell to all the world that God is light; that he who made all nations is not willing one soul should perish, lost in shades of night. Refrain Publish glad… Continue reading




“O Zion, Haste,”

“O Zion, Haste,” ELW 668 (Verse 1) O Zion, haste, your mission high fulfilling, to tell to all the world that God is light; that he who made all nations is not willing one soul should perish, lost in shades of night. Refrain Publish glad… Continue reading




Mark 1:21-28

Mark 1:21-28   My fourth-grade imagination was haunted by a slumber party encounter with a Ouija Board. For months I thought I was possessed. While I still believe there are weird, wild, unseen spiritual dimensions in play, I know now that most “unclean spirits” are… Continue reading




Mark 1:21-28

Mark 1:21-28   Authority. As boss in my little office, I can choose copier paper freely. It’s a simple, natural thing. It was that simple and natural for Jesus, Son of God, to teach the Hebrew Scriptures. It was that simple and natural for Jesus… Continue reading




1 Corinthians 8:1-13

1 Corinthians 8:1-13   “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” I fear that my “knowledgeable,” puffed-up words and deeds have sometimes blown others out of the water. I know good people who no longer attend church because Christians so often seem small and mean… Continue reading




Religious Spirits

Religious Spirits by Joni   “In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I… Continue reading




Psalm 111 I trudged at midnight to one of our nation’s most expensive outhouses. A destination for day-hikers and a pause for climbers, Camp Muir perches at 10,188 feet on the shoulder of Washington State’s 14,410 feet Mt. Rainier. Head aching with altitude, clothes layered… Continue reading