November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

Reformation Sunday 10.28.18

Reformation Sunday 10.28.18 (I was) 15 years old when I preached my first sermon.  It was Youth Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Tempe, now University Lutheran. It was a small church with lots of baby-boomer kids, World War II and Korea veterans, ASU professors, and even a ASU coach or two.  I’m not sure

Pentecost Sunday September 30th

Pentecost Sunday 09.30.18 (Everybody) has enemies.  It’s true!  Everybody has someone they deem as not like them; who seek to undo them; who are persona non grata, person without grace.  Who are yours?

October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Pentecost Sunday September 16th

Pentecost Sunday 09.16.18 (I love) the book of James!   He is so practical, so relevant, so intentional about what it means to be Christian, and what it means to live in community.   Some of his words can bring a chuckle to our hearts, and some can be deep and powerful challenges.   Those words are enough

Pentecost Sunday September 2nd

Pentecost Sunday 09.02.18 Back in 2009, there was a struggle in our denomination. It was a gut-wrenching fight among colleagues and congregations who were framing their particular views as “returning to the truth” which meant, of course, that whoever thought slightly differently was automatically on the side of falsehood, and by default, on the side

September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

Pentecost Sunday August 26th

Pentecost Sunday 08.26.18 (I need) to begin by saying not all ancient manuscripts of John’s Gospel contain this story. There are two possible reasons.  One is that in some manuscripts of Luke’s Gospel a form of the story is recorded; but the second is more intriguing.  Some scholars believe that this story was intentionally omitted
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