Pentecost 9A – August 6, 2017

Matthew 14.13-21 Sunday, August 6, 2017 In the mid-1980s, the variety of restaurants and cuisine in Park Rapids, the small, northern Minnesota town where I grew up, was, well, let’s say limited. Mostly the options ranged from pizza to steaks to broasted chicken and, if people really got crazy, something German like beef stroganoff. While […]

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Pentecost 8A – July 30, 2017

Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 Sunday, July 30, 2017 At an earlier parish in my ministry, a former pastor of that church and then bishop of the diocese was one of the members. Even though he had retired a few years earlier, you can imagine that his presence made for an interesting experience. Actually, the bishop was […]

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Pentecost 5A – July 9, 2017

Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30 July 9, 2017 Given that we do not have children, we have always admired those who do. The raising of children is nothing short of miraculous. All the issues that arise in young lives, all the issues that continue as those young lives grow into adulthood, all the chances that something—or any […]

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Ascension Sunday, May 28, 2017

One thing that makes travel somewhat difficult for me is my uneasy relationship with flying. On one hand, I am old enough to remember when flying was somewhat glamorous. It was a rare treat in my family — we only flew together once growing up, and that was for the long awaited trip to Disneyland […]

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