Monthly Archives: January 2012

Open and Closed

Our recent trip to the Holy Land was with a group of clergy and their wives.  There were 28 in our group mostly Lutheran Church Missouri Synod pastors and spouses. A couple of clergy were non-denominational, there were several Baptists … Continue reading

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The 5th Gospel

One of our tour guides called the Holy Land “The Fifth Gospel”. What he meant is that to understand the teachings of Jesus part of the message of Good News is revealed in knowing the land, and its features. When … Continue reading

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Lee Connolly – rest in peace

  In December of 2000 I first met a small elderly woman called Lee at the parish where I had become rector. Her family members lived in other states and countries but she had many friends.  The church was her … Continue reading

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Black hat & buckle shoes? NOT!

I listened when I was in grammar school. I listened when they described the European participants of the Thanksgiving Feast. I knew who the pilgrims were. They wore dark solemn clothing and the men had tall black hats and shoes … Continue reading

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Celebrating lives

As a priest and pastor I have, for over 41 years, dealt with funerals. The emphasis has shifted (for the better I think) from imploring God to take the individual into heaven, to celebrating the persons’ life. I have officiated … Continue reading

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