Category Archives: ELCA

Having Your Back

Says Jesus (as recorded by John): 15”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because […]
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On Suffering by Choice

In his book, How Bad Do You Want It, author and coach Matt Fitzgerald explores the psychology of endurance sports, or the psychological attributes needed to endure. Using the analogy of fire walking he takes the reader through stories of real athletes, their achievements, and their failures. The difference between achievement and failure is measure in […]
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Sowing to the wind

“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” -Hosea 8:7 Sowing to the wind… the prophet Hosea was protesting the political systems and religious practices of the time, especially in trusting “things” and people rather than God. As someone who doesn’t practice the discipline of scripture memorization, I’m intrigued that this is […]
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Unsettled – Gratitude 6/14

Do you ever have days when you feel a bit unsettled? Like a heavy weight is weighing on you? When its hard to focus upon the task at hand? I think that most of us experience these feelings on occasion. Some experience these feelings more often and more intensely. For them it is clinical depression, […]
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An Old Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20 and the Trinity

“We begin in the name of Jesus, who came down from heaven, died on the cross, and entered my heart.” This is the invocation for weekly chapel at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Beginning in preschool, children learn these words, and when I began leading chapel here many years ago, it was the children who taught […]
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A Good Workout – Gratitude 5/4

Sometimes…oftentimes even, the antidote to feeling anxious (or stressed) is a good dose of exercise. One of the many reasons I run is that I’ve experienced the wonderful physical benefits of a good workout. In some mysterious way, running hard results in a relaxed mind and body (even if the muscles are a bit tired). […]
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Thoughts while watching Boston – Gratitude 4/17

  This morning, from the comfort of my living room,  I watched my first Boston Marathon. My thoughts were on my hope qualify to run it next year (I’ll be trying to shave off the 6 minutes I need to qualify May 28th). While watching I was surprised by the emotional effect of something so ordinary… the […]
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30 Pounds – Gratitude 4/11

  This morning I participated in a group exercise class at #M26Fitness. This isn’t new, as I usually try to get in two classes a week. But this was a new day /time /instructor for me. I enjoyed the very hard work of this class and will have to fit some of these into my […]
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Palm Sunday – Gratitude 4/9

Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. The day that we remember Jesus’ grand entry into Jerusalem. The entry is the fun and festive part of the day. It doesn’t stay that way for long. You see, then and now, things can change very quickly. So you are riding high one moment and […]
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Gratitude 3/22

While in Paris and admiring the history all around me I’m going to share some photos from Torgau, Germany. We visited this city a little ove a week ago. I have two strong memories! First, it was sooooo cold! Second there was an unbelievably beautiful spiral staircase.  I’m grateful that I thought to look up […]
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