Have you ever been flicked?
So I had to deal with a bit of a firewood kerfuffle this past month.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Senator Peter King (R-New York) decry “‘hysterical women” at the Kavanaugh hearings.
Every day, I get to drive my girl back and forth to her high school in Duluth.
We’ve all asked ourselves, when hearing of some moment of historical courage, “What would I have done?”
This past Sunday, November 19th, I had the pleasure of preaching at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, MN.
So, despite Hallmark and Russell Stover and Dove Chocolate and rose growers gerrymandering this holiday, the truth is, Valentine’s Day isn’t originally about romantic love….though we aren’t exactly sure what it is about.
A few months back, which was several years later than it should have been, I stumbled on poetry by Billy Collins.
Tuesday, post Holy Week.
Daughter Else asks magnificent questions.
“We pray for the Holy Spirit to come, and then, when she does, we want her to go home!”
Question: It may be semantics, but leaving church and leaving congregational religion may not be the same. Consider–if I woman has been for whatever reasons in abusive marriage(s) and decides that marriage is not a good thing, that is not a declaration that all men are bad, but a declaration that marriage is not the way she chooses to relate to men. It may be that people who leave congregations/church (one word for both in their mind) are seeking a different way to relate to God.
The problem I see every day amongst Christians is the inability to find a more practical explanation to those of us who don’t quite understand the meaning of giving up your only son to save a bunch of sinners. Why would anyone do that? And worse: no matter what kind of crook you’ve been your whole life, just accept such a travesty and you secured a spot in heaven. And I’m supposed to reason with that????? Come on!!!
This week is a personal doozy.
For people who think on such things, May 13th marks the day of medieval mystic Julian of Norwich.
In seminary, I was introduced to this piece by Valerie Saiving Goldstein, a groundbreaking essay entitled The Human Situation: A Feminine View, written in 1960.
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