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Milestones

On June 19, 2021, I celebrated –– albeit quietly –– my eleventh ordination anniversary. On September 18, I celebrated –– also quietly –– my tenth anniversary of serving Ascension Lutheran Church and The Church of the Holy Cross. On November 18, 2021, Joel and I will have been “together” for twenty-one years and married...

Three Words in One

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem which was first published in 1889… entitled The Ballad of East and West. Although I don’t remember it ever being read to me, I do remember from childhood the first line… it goes “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” I wonder if I...

Into the Woods

Don’t go into the woods. Unless you bring bug spray. And a vaccine. And unbiased information. And the Gospel. An article (by Mark Torregrossa) posted last month on MLive.com shared that there is a “tick explosion” underway in Michigan this season. Michigan State University entomologist Howard Russell confirmed that twenty years ago, it was difficult...

Apocalyptic Hope

When I prepare sermons and newsletter articles, I include insights given me by the Holy Spirit along with those of human commentators. Sometimes I rely more on the former than the latter, and sometimes it’s vice-versa. But I can imagine many people reading the title of this article and thinking to themselves that it’s an...