Category Archives: Lutheran

Deliberative Practice

This morning I heard the phrase, “deliberative practice” as the means to performance improvement. The idea seems logical, but I wonder how often we are actually deliberate in our practice of whatever it is we want to improve upon, or skill we want to acquire. I have two examples, one bad the other good. The […]
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The Landowner’s Response – A Sermon on Matthew 21:33-46

October 1, 2017 ended up being a horrible day. It’s just that most of us didn’t know this until Monday morning because the massacre of 58 people and the injuring of about 500 more occurred after most of us had gone to bed. Do you remember getting the news? I was up early on Monday […]
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Tired of the Meanness

As I walked through Costco today I could sense a change in the people. It seems as if we were all a bit subdued, quiet, going about our business by rote. Of course I’m the first to admit that this could also be just me projecting my feelings onto the world around me. Is it? […]
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Waking to Bad News

Like most Americans I woke this morning to the horrible news of the massacre in Las Vegas. More death at the hands of a man with a gun. The news was so shocking that I had trouble believing it. Maybe you felt that also. A few minutes later I was surprised at my shock. Why […]
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Running Tip: Take It Easy (Well This is a Life Tip Too)

As I mentioned on my post about track the other day (Lessons from Last Night’s Track Workout), I missed the start on one of my splits because I was talking to another runner. This runner is new to the sport. And good for her, being at track already! I had been running for a few […]
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Growing Up Racist – #3

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27 I love the first creation story in Genesis. I love the poetic way the writer describes order coming out of chaos. I love the way the early understanding of the world meant the […]
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Hell Hill – Ray Miller Training Run #3

I’m running my first 50k December 2nd. The race is called Ray Miller because that is the first of the many trails we encounter. Today was my third run on the course. In looking at the course description, and in talking to past participants, I’d become familiar with the name, Hell Hill. But I hadn’t […]
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Quit when it’s hard? No Way!

Most of us have contemplated quitting something. Sometime our reasons are perfectly valid, but not always. I’ve been thinking about this topic, quitting, after my latest fall while hiking (read about it here: Overdoing It). I confess that while picking myself up, rinsing off the blood, and brushing all the dirt off my clothing I thought […]
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A Thought on Forgiveness

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” -Matthew 18:21-22 I think these words hit home for many of us because we, like […]
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Overdoing It

Does this sound at all familiar? You’re on vacation. In the beautiful mountains. You don’t want to sit in your hotel room. You don’t really want to drive around all day. Because you’re now fit! You can easily do fun things, active things. So you decide a hike is in order. But this is a […]
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