Personal Reflection

Different Worlds

Perhaps the most egregious error many people make is to assume that the way they think is normative.  When we operate from the assumption that other people see and make sense of the world the same way we do, we open ourselves to a world of hurt.  Each of us […]

Welcome Back, the Right Reverend Ross

I love hearing good news about the church I love, and the best news I have received in years is the return of Vance P. Ross to the leadership of Discipleship Ministries (formerly the GBOD, formerly General Board of Discipleship).  Vance is one of the brightest, deepest, truly compassionate, and […]

Sides

If God is unity and totality, and all things come from God and all things are under the command and control of God (God the ground of ALL being), then how many sides does God have?  An infinite number or one?  And if infinite — including all sides with no […]

Accidental Witness

As Epiphany closes the Christmastide once more, a few incidents stand out in my mind as symbolic of the current state of the church and our faith in the present day: At a hotel where I stayed this week, a manager was giving instruction to her maintenance crew — at […]

Anticipation Advent-ure

For some, this post will make perfect sense.  To many others, it will border on sacrilege.   No offense is meant, but I offer a personal analogy for the spirit of anticipation that should be connected to Advent, but is often missing.  We are left with a sweet, clean, happy story […]

Christmas Nerds

Apparently I am a Christmas nerd.  I stopped for coffee at my favorite spot (Beans ‘n Cream in Sun Prairie) and some of the regulars were engaged in a spirited discussion about the Christmas holiday season.  Eavesdropping without looking obvious, I found it fascinating that almost no one (there were […]

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