Catching Up

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Once again, I have to confess a level of inferior commitment to this space.  It’s not like “nothing” has been happening.  As I look over the screen, it shows I have (11) draft-posts, various thoughts in a wide array of completeness.  Yet, this blog has not lived fully up to its much-touted (by me, in the very first post) name.  It has recently contained no pedaling/cycling stories or info, no metal/music-related observations, and, if it weren’t for the re-use of previously written material, the “pastor” part would even be questionable.

This particular post, yes, this one right here before your eyes, will serve the task of drawing me back in, at least a little.

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Faith Seeking Understanding, Ep. 3

Christian faith asks questions, seeks understanding, both because God is always greater than our ideas of God, and because the public world that faith inhabits confronts it with challenges and contradictions that cannot be ignored. It is my hope to offer some information and insights in response to questions about God, the Bible and faith, that will add to the conversation without offering set, absolute answers. Please feel free to communicate any additional questions or your own experiences, comments, responses and insights as they relate to the questions taken up here.

“Why do some people feel it is OK/acceptable to not read the Bible?”

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Valuing the Value-less

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I suppose with such a title, vocationally this would be an amazing opportunity to bring gospel/sermon/reflection/Scripture/kingdom skills to the fore. Sorry to disappoint, if that was your expectation, this time. This is a narrative about me and some of my stuff, and the inability to make rational, logical decisions.

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A Tithe on Time

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In one of the several offertory prayers we use in worship, we say, “Through your [God’s] goodness you have blessed us with these gifts, our selves, our time and our possessions…”

The older Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW, green) worded it this way, “we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love.”

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Faith Seeking Understanding, Ep. 2

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Christian faith asks questions, seeks understanding, both because God is always greater than our ideas of God, and because the public world that faith inhabits confronts it with challenges and contradictions that cannot be ignored. It is my hope to offer some information and insights in response to questions about God, the Bible and faith, that will add to the conversation without offering set, absolute answers. Please feel free to communicate any additional questions or your own experiences, comments, responses and insights as they relate to the questions taken up here.

“Do people age in heaven?”

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The Body/Biology of Christ

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As it is, there are many members, yet one body. (1 Corinthians 12:20 NRS)

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27 NRS)

Other than in B-grade horror movies and perhaps the occasional bad dream, body parts acting on their own, separate from an entire body, are not typically the norm of everyday life. There is a vital, life-giving connection necessary for each part to be sustained by the body. When that connection is weakened or compromised, or worse yet, completely severed, the ability of that part of the body to function is threatened or lost. A body is an interconnected, interrelated, interdependent system, not a random collection of pieces stuck together without a unified purpose. Although the various parts may have different functions and abilities, they simply cannot exist without a primary body (sci-fi/lab experiments notwithstanding).

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On Being Faithful

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Having participated in celebrating a milestone of a congregation’s ministry, I find myself questioning the validity of being “faithful.” It genuinely seems like such a simple word/concept, you might wonder at my capacity to grasp it. Yet, since that celebration, I have encountered the word in enough ways that I continue to circle back to the question, “What does it mean to be faithful?”

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Faith Seeking Understanding, Ep. 1

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Christian faith asks questions, seeks understanding, both because God is always greater than our ideas of God, and because the public world that faith inhabits confronts it with challenges and contradictions that cannot be ignored. It is my hope to offer some information and insights in response to questions about God, the Bible and faith, that will add to the conversation without offering set, absolute answers. Please feel free to communicate any additional questions or your own experiences, comments, responses and insights as they relate to the questions taken up here.

In a recent conversation, a question arose around the topic of Baptism. More specifically, the question touched on the issue of possible re-baptism, and whether or not such an action would incur God’s displeasure and potentially judgment.
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