Monthly Archives: April 2013

Two Excerpts for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote and incredible open letter in response to eight white clergymen in Alabama who had written “A Call for Unity”. The letter still rings true even fifty years later when we read … Continue reading

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God the Wounded Lover: Jeremiah 4: 1-4

Jeremiah 4: 1-4 If you return, O Israel, says the LORD,                 if you return to me,  if you remove your abominations from my presence,  and do not waver,  2 and if you swear, “As the LORD lives!”  in truth, … Continue reading

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What I learned about myself, life and God from my son on the Autistic Spectrum: Part 3

5. We often value people for very superficial reasons part 1: There are a whole set of criteria that people are judged by constantly by those around them including, but not limited to: physical appearance and dress, weight, proportions, muscle … Continue reading

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The Modern Necromancers

Consume and be filled That is the purpose, for that you were summoned Up from the depths to view the treasures of heaven Paraded before your eyes by the modern necromancers Marketing the latest cure for the emptiness The emptiness … Continue reading

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What I learned about myself, life and God from my son on the autistic spectrum: Part 2

This is part 2 of a reflection in honor of Autism awareness month. 3. We live in an incredibly complex world and human communication is even more complex. Because of what I do, as a pastor, I am constantly interacting … Continue reading

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Remembering Bonhoeffer: The Powers of Good

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed at Flossenberg Concentration Camp on April 9, 1945, and at some other point I am sure I will share more reflections since his writings have definitely shaped me in many ways, but today I am just … Continue reading

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The God Who Wouldn’t Give Up: Jeremiah 3

Jeremiah 3 If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife,  will he return to her? Would not such a land be greatly polluted?                 You have played the whore with many lovers; … Continue reading

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What I learned about myself, life and God from my son on the autistic spectrum: Part 1

I remember vividly standing in the backyard of the parsonage in Blanchardville, Wisconsin the day we finally received my son’s diagnosis of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified) and yelling at God, “What more do you want from me, I’ve … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Overkill: Jeremiah 2: 20-37

Jeremiah 2: 20-37 20 For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds, and you said, “I will not serve!” On every high hill and under every green tree you sprawled and played the whore. 21 Yet I … Continue reading

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The Wounded God: Jeremiah 2: 1-19

Jeremiah 2: 1-19 The word of the LORD came to me, saying: 2 Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD: I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed … Continue reading

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