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April 16, 2015

The Flash! – April 16, 2015

The Flash! - April 16, 2015

Have you every considered your many identities?  When I play the identity game it goes a little like this: I am son and father; husband and brother; neighbor and friend; cousin and nephew; servant and leader.  Each of these identities represent different relationships; each relationship puts me in a different role.  By the grace of […]

April 9, 2015

The Flash! – April 9, 2015

The Flash! - April 9, 2015

All analogies fall short in replicating reality.  And yet a good analogy illuminates what is real, offers perspective, and provides direction. With that qualifier, I offer that if a congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA) represents the body of Christ, the session – the collective of elders elected by the congregation to represent and lead […]

April 2, 2015

The Flash! – April 2, 2015

The Flash! - April 2, 2015

Of the many eternal contributions to the Christian faith offered by St. Francis of Assisi, the Stations of the Cross may be his most enduring. To this day devout Christians, especially those in the Catholic tradition, process through a solemn ritual on Good Friday that puts them face-to-face with the sufferings and passion of Christ. […]

March 19, 2015

The Flash! – March 20, 2015

The Flash! - March 20, 2015

This week, with my feverish excuse in the rear view mirror, I nonetheless return to my Lenten companion, poet, and prophet Walter Wangerin.  In his twenty third day devotion he drops us into the Good Friday moment when Pontius Pilate offers the people an apparently benevolent, yet politically motivated, gift: they may choose one prisoner […]

March 13, 2015

The Flash! – March 12, 2015

The Flash! - March 12, 2015

In 1992 pastor, professor, writer, theologian, and storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. wrote a Lenten devotional called Reliving the Passion.  For each of the 40 days of Lent, Wangerin offers a reflection on several verses from the story of Christ’s passion in the Gospel of Mark.  For more than twenty years I have relived the passion […]

March 5, 2015

The Flash! – March 5, 2015

The Flash! - March 5, 2015

Oh what a night… At some point in my preparation for ministry I was taught the term kairos moment.  As with an epiphany, a kairos moment is a defining one; one in which the very essence of the goodness and grace of God is captured in time.  Three nights ago I had a kairos moment; […]

February 26, 2015

The Flash! – February 26, 2015

The Flash! - February 26, 2015

He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels waited on him. In last Sunday’s message about this passage, citing scholarly sources, the preacher at Hanover suggested that the beasts Jesus hung with in the wilderness brought comfort and support. Said pastor offered that […]

February 19, 2015

The Flash! – February 19, 2015

The Flash! - February 19, 2015

Symbols tell stories; deep, important, powerful stories.  Not only do they capture our stories, the symbols we use proclaim our stories to the world. For followers of Christ the cross tells the story of God’s sacrificial love.  And yet the symbols of the cross are as rich and varied as those who tell its story.  […]

February 12, 2015

The Flash! – February 12, 2015

The Flash! - February 12, 2015

The advent of the Lenten season, Ash Wednesday, is less than a week away.  At the starting line of the journey to Easter’s empty tomb we are marked with ashes in the form of a cross that remind us that we are dust and to dust we shall return.  Then for the next forty days […]

February 5, 2015

The Flash! – February 5, 2015

The Flash! - February 5, 2015

If you were to ask me about the meaning of life I would likely turn red, start to stammer, and borrow Snoopy’s expression.  Next I would attempt to deflect the question with some flippant response like “42”.  And if those dodges left me squirming on the hook, I would break into a litany of quips […]

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