Browsing the archives for the religion tag

When they came for… or why I’m late to the Bonhoeffer party

I confess that I’ve been late to the Bonhoeffer party because I know too much. I have a PhD in modern European history, specializing in Nazi Germany. How often have I heard the famous quote by Martin Niemoeller: First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then […]

September 16, 2013 in Life
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Does God change his mind? Part II

The reflection of the week was on whether God changes his mind, and if that is good or bad. Today’s sermon was of course a culmination of that topic, in light of the recent election of Elizabeth Eaton as presiding bishop of the ELCA. Bishop Hanson is associated with the ELCA’s controversial 2009 decision on […]

September 15, 2013 in Life
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Does God change his mind?

The thought of the week: Change. Some people resist it. Others try to bring it about. We generally think that being consistent and unchanged is a good thing, don’t we? Maybe even a sign of character. But who among us has not ever changed his/her mind, especially in the face of receiving new information or […]

September 9, 2013 in Life
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Jesus and the King with the Ten Thousand Man Army

Today’s lesson was from Luke chapter 14. It started with the famous (and for Jesus oddly worded) statement that you have to hate your parents and siblings, even life, in order to be a disciple. You have to carry the cross to be a disciple – which seems anachronistic since the fate on the cross […]

September 9, 2013 in Life
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Jesus and the Healing on the Sabbath

In today’s Gospel lesson (Luke 13:10-17), we find Jesus teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. This is the day of the week in which Jews must cease from their ordinary work and tend to God. Hearing of Jesus’ healing powers, a woman crippled for 18 years, likely an outcast, entered the synagogue. After Jesus […]

August 25, 2013 in Life
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