Monthly Archives: November 2011

“once in royal david’s city”, new verses

I was trying to find verses to affirm the power of the political message of Jesus’ birth stories, particular the Luke story. This text was inspired by Borg and Crossan’s “The First Christmas”. Follow the traditional first verse with these … Continue reading

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giving thanks in the process

On this eve of Thanksgiving, I am aware of the gratitude that I feel in the wake of Sunday’s congregational gathering. The gathering was filled with compassion… voices shared, questions raised, laughter and tears mingled, and a path was identified. … Continue reading

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walking compassion, awaiting the path

As a pastor of a used-to-be mainline church in middle America, conflict is the water in which I swim. But I have a confession; I don’t like it. Actually, that’s an understatement; in truth, I abhor conflict. Sure, we’ve forded … Continue reading

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audacious hospitality… on the road to compassion

My article today is to be about our annual pledge drive, this year an appeal for every family of the church to offer a “promise of participation” for the coming year. But it isn’t. Or maybe it is. I find … Continue reading

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prayer for time of transition

Prayer of Dedication (for day of transition) For the wisdom of our elders bringing us safely to this place; God of our yesterday, we give you thanks. For the vision of new generations opening windows to new views; God of … Continue reading

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I have seen the enemy… in me.

I have seen the enemy, it is me. Indirectly but essentially these words are the heart of the 11th step in the “12 steps to a compassionate life” (Karen Armstrong): Recognition. As we move through the 11th month of the … Continue reading

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