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The Rats in Our Lives

Our thanks to Greg Hand for offering this week’s devotion! Plato was reported to have said, “The greater part of instruction is being reminded of things you already know.” Samuel Johnson put it a slightly different way: “Man needs more to be reminded than instructed.” And Robert Fulgham probably received substantial royalties from his book,…

What Lies Beneath

Nope.  Not thinking about the 2000 release of the Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer horror movie of the same title.  I’m thinking about a tree.  An apple tree.  An apple tree that stands in the northeast corner of my yard.  An apple tree whose days are numbered. On Saturday night, as I was returning from…

Renunciation

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I mean, really … how often do you get to say these words … “I Renounce Them!”  You can’t say “I renounce them!” to the Girl Scout selling cookies outside of Walmart … you simply…

Fooling Yourself

Email Devotion Week Of Lent 4 It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.   (C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity) Oh so true … so very, very true …  isn’t that always the way?  We are quick to take…

Saints that are Human

     EMAIL DEVOTIONAL      week of Pentecost 24 I spent an hour and a half today with ten church members gathered for a Book Club discussion of the book Martin Luther, written by our American Lutheran historian Martin Marty.  It was a fascinating discussion as we marveled at the courage of a simple monk…

Is Hell for real?

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 2 The pit of torment shall appear, and opposite it shall be the place of rest; and the furnace of hell shall be disclosed, and opposite it the paradise of delight. (2 Esdras 7:36) Hell is real.  I visited there today.  It snuck up on me.  I spent much of the day working on some…

Are you blind?

New Day Sermon Lent 4 The sermon is a combination of the lesson from John with a drama woven throughout.  Do you see yourself in any of the characters?  We often complain of others not seeing their bad behavior, but many times we are blinded to our own.

Science & Faith Friday

An archaeopteryx State Of Mind When I was working on my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology, I wound up taking classes in ornithology (the study of birds). I had never really had a lot of interest in birds as a kid, and to be perfectly honest, I only chose birds in that moment because of…

The Sin Box

Email Devotion Pentecost 23   ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.  (Luke 18:10)   I was a denizen of Starbucks for most of Friday.  I was down in Wilmington, Delaware officiating at a wedding later that evening, and had checked out of my hotel…