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The Thin Blue Line

Editor’s note … our guest devotioneer this week, Brendan Armitage, sent me this devotion a couple of months ago, suggesting that it could be used “anytime”. It was not connected to a particular church season or holiday. He said I could use it when I needed a week off. I instead, wanted to find the…

Desk Detritus

Last week, the computer mouse on my desk mysteriously fell between the desk and the wall in my office.  By “mysteriously”, I mean “was thrown against the wall in frustration over an uncooperative website form I was trying to fill out.”  My desk weighs the equivalent of a mid-sized rhinoceros, so usually things go there…

Playing Hide and Seek

This morning’s sermon was preached away from the pulpit using notes. This text is an approximation of the actually verbal text of the sermon. Do you have any great Hide and Seek stories?  Most of us have at least one … and usually those stories involve someone who managed to never get found.  Robert Fulghum…

Pentecost 14 Preview

“So he told them this parable:  Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home,…

Lost and Found

Pentecost 17 Traditional Sermon Do you know a lost cause?  By that, I don’t mean remembering a team like the 1962 New York Mets, who lost 3 out of every 4 baseball games they played that season.  I’m not talking about a consideration of General George Armstrong Custer’s chances of winning the Battle of Little…

Pentecost 17 Preview

Today’s Gospel  Lesson in Luke 15:1-10, lifts up Jesus’ concern for those  who the world sometimes forgets about. Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’ –Luke 15:10 People who live at the fringes of society are sometimes are easily overlooked.  But …