Monthly Archives: May 2013

Muting the Voice of Restitution

I was reminded this past weekend—visiting with two wonderful friends, one a businessman and the other a clergy buddy—about how difficult it is to be effective in your work.  Sure, we want to be, if not all things, at least … Continue reading

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To Feed the Children: Margaret Trost Walks the Talk

Margaret Trost is the daughter of Fred and Louise Trost and as most of you know, everything I can do well in ministry is because of the incredible caring and mentoring of Fred.  We started in 1966 at St. Pauls … Continue reading

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Voice of a #2 Pencil

Dee Eisenhauer, valued clergy colleague and pastor of our United Church of Christ on Bainbridge Island, answered my “ask” for help for children’s sermon ideas. One of the expectations of the interim position I took [February and March] was to … Continue reading

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Screams

My thoughts, prayers and whatever else I can muster are direct-lined to Moore, Oklahoma this morning.  Beyond the worst scenario anyone could conjure…the first paragraphs this morning from Yahoo: MOORE, Okla. – The hell he saw was harrowing, but it’s … Continue reading

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A Two-Year-Old Baptizing Her Mother

A favor:  Think of church today…any church in which you have worshipped.  No matter when or where.  When you think of church is there a moment that lasts no matter what, which brings you solace, value and the eternal presence? … Continue reading

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Words To Live By

Okay. A vote for transparency:  I’m a Michelle Obama fan.  She brings humor with truth—or is it truth with humor?  She spoke this weekend in Nashville to the graduation class at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School. This … Continue reading

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Keep Fishing: A Lesson For Life and Living

Never to be forgotten: Monday—Friday, October 7-11, 1985. Two prefacing notes on that:  First, you’d think when fishing those dates, 7 to 11, it would be good fortune and “fish on!”  Second, most guides will never put on their Facebook, their … Continue reading

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