To Be Known

You’ve heard it said, “I didn’t think you noticed.”  When someone notices us, it has an inciting effect. As a fan of Starbucks coffee, I tend to frequent a particular shop in Lombard. As I approached to order this morning, the barista said, “You’re an ice-coffee, right?”  Before...
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A Walk With Eve

It was the first command we learned on day one of our training—“with me.”  “With me” means our comfort dog, Eve, is to walk with her ear aligned at the handler’s pant seam. Sound simple? Maybe for Eve. Not so much for me—either as handler or a child of God.   I never...
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“Deployment”

Deployment: Is it a military term?  A vocational term?  Or, might it describe an ordinary day? Recently, I was part of a team who trained (with Lutheran Church Charities) for handling comfort dogs.  We, and our dog, Eve, were learning to be a bridge of compassion to hurting...
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What’s so Great About RAoK?

This past weekend at St. John’s we reflected on the kindness of God in Jesus—and our response to it. It was the first in a series of six messages on “Measures of God’s Mission.” So, what’s so great about random acts of kindness? It even has its own week (2nd week in February is...
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Let’s Tell Everybody!

Have you seen the commercial with Frank and Charlie announcing AT&T’s strongest wireless signal? They were so excited about the accomplishment, they said to each other, “Let’s tell everybody!” One scene places them at a rodeo; then at a marathon race; then at an NFL football...
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The Names of God – A Lenten Series

Have you ever wondered about the significance of the number “40” in the bible? Some say 27 days makes for a habit. But Scripture reveals a 40 day pattern: 40 days on Noah’s ark, 40 years for the Israelites in the wilderness, 40 days of Elijah on the run from Jezebel, 40 days of...
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A Different Approach to the Holidays

I wanted to catch you before “Black Friday” does. For good or for bad, the day after Thanksgiving has become synonymous with 30 days of frenzied, chaotic activity. Our society calls it “getting ready for the holidays.” As Christians, we retort by inserting the word “Christmas” in...
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Why Do We Observe Lent?

Is there spiritual value in observing these 40 days purposefully? Some Lenten “soundbites” might help you decide: Value in rituals?  Rituals can enrich our lives if we understand what is behind them.  History…Lent can be traced back to the early church when new...
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What Is the Kingdom of God, Really?

A few weeks ago we sang about it:  “Hark, the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King…’”  We ask for it each week in church:  “Thy kingdom come.”  What are we talking about?  What does it have to do with me?  It’s an Epiphany question. What do you think of when you hear...
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Bible turned to the Gospel of John

Myths Regarding Why We Take the Offering at Church

The joke is well known: Wherever 2 or 3 pastors are gathered, there an offering basket is in the midst of them. Inference? Pastors are all about taking offerings at every gathering because we need your money to keep the church doors open. Do we really? Does God need our money to...
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