An invitation to engage our faith in a conversation

Prompted by an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor whose blog I read, I have sent an invitation to the people of the Church I serve. The invitation is to join in an Advent conversation....

DATE: Dec. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Celebrating a transcendent union

All Souls. All Saints. Dia de los Muertos. Some of us Christians have recently celebrated these days of remembrance. As the days grow shorter, their timing is no accident. We are moving into...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Living (and dying) by God’s good Nature

Today when I read Ezekiel J. Emanuel’s article in the October edition of “The Atlantic” titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” I knew there were others thinking along the same lines I do. For years...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Experience the fullness of this moment

By Leigh Waggoner “This moment” is all there is. And the moment that existed when you read that first sentence no longer is. Another moment – “this moment” is all there is. Because we have brains...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Here or Out There?

For so long, most of us raised in Christian churches were taught the notion that heaven and God were out there, and life here had little connection except that you’d better be good or you would not...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Think on these things

I like to think of myself as a flexible and open person. Maybe I’m just open to new people and new ideas … not so much to new things. If I’d been born at the time when electricity was being put...

DATE: July 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Embracing change and the heart of faith

This past week my attention was caught by the confluence of two streams that at their heart are related.The first stream consists of recent data about participation in the life of the Church in the...

DATE: June 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

The freedom and foundation leading to faith is like a goat rodeo

A musical friend recently blogged about attending a concert of The Goat Rodeo. While I am familiar with some of the musicians that make up the group (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Chris...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

What does 'go to church' mean to you?

It's a funny phrase we Christians use - "I go to church." For some of us it means that we show up on Sundays (or Saturdays). That might happen regularly. It might happen only at Christmas and...

DATE: March 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

40 days of Lent can broaden consciousness, sensitivity

Lent is upon us. This ancient Christian season is found nowhere in the Bible. The Church came up with it. Irenaus of Lyons who lived in the 2nd Century wrote about such a season, but it lasted only...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

At Christmastime, how do we return to the child-like?

If Norman Rockwell had painted a picture of the American family on Christmas morning (which he didn't - I checked), I imagine it would show kids in their pajamas around a Christmas tree. There...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

Our changing fall light, color affects how and what we see

As we slip past the Autumnal Equinox and make our way toward winter, are you as aware as I am of the changing light? I moved here from Wisconsin where surely the light changes with the seasons as...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Thoughts Along The Way

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