Changing Out of My Pastor Clothes

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of … Continue reading Changing Out of My Pastor Clothes

Baptismal River on Trinity Sunday

Once I stayed overnight in Omaha, Nebraska, because my flight got in late, and I don’t trust myself to drive the three-hour trip home when I am tired.  I decided to take my morning walk over the nearby Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that connects Omaha with Council Bluffs, Iowa.  It is a graceful structure that spans the muddy Missouri River as it meanders past the … Continue reading Baptismal River on Trinity Sunday

Notre Dame on Pentecost

My favorite subject in high school was French. I lived in rural northern Iowa, where small schools dotted the landscape in the same way small farms did. Every school was required to offer a foreign language, regardless of how few students were actually interested in the subject. So I was one of a handful of students who counted ourselves lucky to learn such a beautiful … Continue reading Notre Dame on Pentecost

Passion, and Passion

RUDYARD KIPLING   Photo by Roger-Viollet / Rex Features ( 443052f ) When I wrote my credo as part of my preparation for pastoral ministry, I gave it the title, “The Power and Passion of God.”  I took my theme from Psalm 62:11-12a, “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,    and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.” I … Continue reading Passion, and Passion