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On Scripture

Moral Leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)

By Adriene Thorne.   Now the United States of America was commander of the free world. She was a great country, in her own sight and in the sight of others, highly regarded, because through her the Lord had given victory. She was a valiant warrior, but she had leprosy. _______________________________________________________ My paraphrase of the [Read More...]


The God of Israel and the Children of Other Nations: The Lectionary for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

2 Kings 5:1-14 and/or Isaiah 66:10-14 What It’s About: These passages really don’t have a ton to do with each other. The 2 Kings passage is about Naaman, a mighty warrior with leprosy, and a servant girl, unnamed, who suggests to him that he could be healed by a prophet of her homeland, Israel. The Isaiah [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Who You Call When You Ain’t Got No Other Hope? A Sermon on Orlando, the Garasene Demoniac, and God’s Mercy

Click above to listen along. If you can’t see the audio player above, click here to listen to the audio.  A reading from Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade: “How are we supposed to lead our children to the future? How do we lead them? Love. L.o.v.e. love. Halleluia, thank you Jesus. I just love the Lord. [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

Fruit Basket Upset Amos 8:1-12

As a family, we used to love the game “fruit basket upset.” Do you know it? Quite simple, really. All are seated, save one, who shouts the magic phrase and a mad scramble begins as all search for a different seat. Of course, one person misses out, and in turn shouts the phrase while diving [Read More...]

Knack for Noticing

Come In and Have Breakfast

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania, in a small town on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg. Almost 20 years ago my husband and I and our three children moved to Dallas, Texas. We make several trips to Pa. every year to visit parents and extended family. On our most recent trip I caught an interview [Read More...]

Mark Roberts

How to Build the Perfect Team

I just read a fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine, something I’d recommend to...

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What God Wants for Your Life

Evangelicals, Donald Trump, and 4 Lessons in Politics for the Church

The meeting that a handful of Evangelicals had with Donald Trump this week has something to teach Evangelicals and Christians of every stripe. One: Meetings of this kind run the risk of painting the whole of a segment of the Christian community in terms that appear unified and homogenous. Christians — even hyphenated Christians (Evangelical-Christians, [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventh Sunday in Pentecost – July 3, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventh Sunday in Pentecost – July 3, 2016 2 Kings 5:1-14 Psalm 30 Galatians 6:7-16 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 The encounter of Elisha and Naaman is at the heart of today’s scriptures. It could be titled, “the healing you need is right in front of you,” or in a lighter vein, “healing [Read More...]

Edges of Faith

Demons and Demonization: Jesus, Sirius Black, and the Gerasene Demoniac

  If you’ve followed me on social media or had a conversation with me in real life, chances are you know I’m a little obsessed with Harry Potter. My kids are obsessed, too, and we each have our own Hogwarts costume. I once held a massive Harry Potter lock-in as a youth minister, complete with [Read More...]