Life Abundant

Life Abundant


Life Abundant

One of my favorite quotes comes from Wendell Berry (not surprisingly). In commenting on the nature of the abundant life, he makes the statement that material sufficiency has been met (food, clothing, shelter etc.), “life itself, which is membership in the living world, is already an abundance” ( The Way of Ignorance ). Think about it. It goes to how we think about what constitutes the good life

What Statistics Say — and Don’t

What Statistics Say — and Don’t


What Statistics Say — and Don’t

As the Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, I keep track of how many congregations apply for a vicar and how many students are available for vicarage assignment.  A three ring binder sits on a bookshelf and I can go back to 1990 – the year I began in this position.  The number of congregations ..

Rogationtide

Rogationtide


Rogationtide

Earth Day last month made me wonder why we don’t have a similar day within the church. We wouldn’t have to call it “Earth Sunday” or anything. We could call it “Creation Sunday” or have a “Season of Creation.” Currently, the first half of our church year rightly focuses on the life of Jesus


This is Too Cool!


This is Too Cool!

Maybe it’s a guy thing. Maybe its a childhood memory thing. Maybe its a Robinson Crusoe thing (or was it the Disney version, namely, the Swiss Family Robinson movie). I don’t know

The Shroud of Turin observed

The Shroud of Turin observed


The Shroud of Turin observed

Pope Benedict XVI “all but gave an outright endorsement of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.” The shroud, which depicts the image of a man crucified in precisely the same way as Jesus, is on display in Turin cathedral for the first time in a decade, and 2 million people have made reservations to ..

World War I, the Supreme Court, and a cross in the Mojave desert: what does this mean?

World War I, the Supreme Court, and a cross in the Mojave desert: what does this mean?


World War I, the Supreme Court, and a cross in the Mojave desert: what does this mean?

So, I’ll pick up a hot potato: In what seems like it is becoming a typical 5-to-4 decision last week , the Supreme Court decided in Salazar v. Buono that the World War I memorial—or more precisely, the cross that is part of the memorial—that stands in the Mojave National Preserve is not unconstitutional and does not advance a particular religion…

Arizona Neighbor On My Mind

Arizona Neighbor On My Mind


Arizona Neighbor On My Mind

Arizona neighbor, how I love and advocate for thee. But wait. Who exactly is my Arizona neighbor? Immediately after signing Arizona’s latest (and for some, controversial) immigration law (BS1070), governor Jan Brewer explicitly defined that neighbor for us: “The citizens of Arizona.” No surprises there. After all, if our Lutheran theology of vocation teaches us anything, ..

Holy Texts, Human Hands

Holy Texts, Human Hands


Holy Texts, Human Hands

The Boston Globe is reporting on the near-completion of a critical edition of the Koran. To those of us who have a different holy book this should seem to be of little interest. We have our own critical editions of what are now called the Old Testament and the New Testament in, respectively, Hebrew/Aramaic and ..