Hymns and Lessons for Proper 23 (Cycle C)

In all three of this week’s readings from Scripture, I am struck by how compassionate and generous God is with those who absolutely have no claim on him! First God is so generous and compassionate to Ruth, the Moabite woman who became the great-grandmother of David and is one of only four women mentioned in

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NALC Newsletter for December 2018

NALC Newsletter for December 2018 Here is what you can read in the NALC News for December:    + Christmas message from Bishop Bradosky – “Quiet Joseph is example of faithfulness and discipleship.”   + Congregations may nominate candidates for NALC bishop.   + NALC Pastors’ Conference to focus on discipleship from Catholic perspective.  

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2018 NALC Convocation

2018 NALC Convocation About 600 delegates and visitors gathered August 15-17 in Denver, Colo., for the 2018 Convocation of the North American Lutheran Church around the theme, “The Holy Spirit: Calling, Gathering, Enlightening, Sanctifying.” The Mission Festival began with a focus on discipleship. Featured speakers Sherry Weddell and Katherine Coolidge of the Catherine of Siena

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The Pilot and The Passenger

(Alan Shikhvarg sent me this and I thought you might enjoy it. I had never seen it before — maybe you haven’t either) The Pilot and The Passenger Leonard, a seasoned business traveler, was told that his chartered flight would be waiting for him on the tarmac at precisely 1:00 pm. Always prompt, Leonard walked

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Don’t follow me … I’m lost too!

“Don’t follow me … I’m lost too” said the sticker on the bumper of the car ahead of me. That reminded me that the crowd may not always know where they are going. Harry Truman once commented: “I wonder how far Moses would have gotten if he’d taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus

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2017 NALC Convocation in Nashville

2017 NALC Convocation focuses on Discipleship and Reformation Nearly 700 NALC members gathered August 9-11 for the 2017 NALC Convocation in Nashville, Tenn., around the theme, “Holding Fast: Being Reformed.” The 500th anniversary of the Reformation provided a focus for the Convocation. The leaders of the largest Lutheran churches in the world were featured speakers

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What We Dare for God

Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz is Senior Pastor Emeritus of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. In one of his sermons, he spoke of a conversation he had with a circus trapeze artist. The performer admitted the net underneath was there to keep them from breaking their necks if they fell. Then he added, “The

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St. Thomas Aquinas: “All I have written seems like straw!”

Thomas Aquinas was the famous medieval theologian who created one of the greatest intellectual achievements of Western Civilization: his Summa Theologica. It is a massive work! It is 38 treatises, three thousand articles, and ten thousand objections. Thomas was trying to gather into one coherent whole all of truth. In this master work, one of

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Rather than Fearing What is to Come …

During his 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy often closed his speeches with the story of Colonel Davenport, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. One day in 1789, the sky of Hartford darkened ominously, and some of the representatives, glancing out the windows, feared the end of the world was at hand. Quelling

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A Romantic “Staycation”

As you already know, Pastor Mike and I often go on “Staycations” instead of Cruises or trips to resorts. I just read the greatest blog on how to go on a romantic staycation!! This is simply a terrific post for people of all ages, although it was definitely written for our couples with little children.

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