Gratitude, Grace, and Giving

Thanksgiving in my family always meant my grandmother’s house, dining room table and sideboard filled with turkey, dressing, and casseroles. It was the natural accumulation of recipes, love, and traditions.  Over the years, we got to be more thoughtful about what we were doing, and we added in prayers and naming reasons we were thankful…

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Thanksgiving and those darn Pilgrims

Last Sunday I went on a little bit of a rant about the pilgrims, though not for the usual reasons. The Pilgrims were, as you probably learned in school, Puritans from the Church of England who came to these shores looking for “freedom from persecution”, but they began in England as Separatists who worshipped in…

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The Kingdom of God

In Scripture Jesus taught consistently about one thing, the Kingdom of God.  For a few reasons I prefer the word “reign” instead of kingdom, but that is not the point at the moment.  That seems obvious, but the question for people like Jesus’s followers who had been through so many kingdoms was “What kind of king are…

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Let’s Do Something Different

Take a deep breath. It has been a rough week for many people. Waiting is difficult, and we are waiting on important news.  For some other people this week has been a revelation that our little experiment in a nation built on the rule of law rather than a cult of power or personality is…

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