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I’ve been thinking a lot about Lent as I enter into my first Lenten season as a pastor. Lent is a season of penitence, of reflecting on our sins and mistakes and remembering how deeply they go. Lent is a time of deep acceptance of who you are, including all of the parts you’d rather not think about or face. That’s why we call for Lenten disciplines, as a way to face our humanity and dependence on God and our own sin. Read More
We’re coming into January. Whew! It’s the season where we make New Year’s Resolutions, but also the season where we take down our Christmas trees, throw out the last of the wrapping paper, finally figure out where to put the presents we received… Read More
Christmas is coming! I’ve been preparing already: stocking up on Christmas CDs and ornaments for my new tree, making plans for the day of and thinking about presents. And I have some thoughts, too, that are still only ideas, about settling into my new apartment and how I could decorate it, Christmas movies I could watch, cookies I could bake… Read More
I had every intention of writing about Thanksgiving, but I find that the words won’t come–and, well, it’s a bit early, isn’t it? And November holds more than Thanksgiving. And I find, too, that I don’t want to write about November at all so much as October: about beginning. Read More
“Pastor”‐ is what Lutherans usually call their ordained ministers, especially the one leading their home congregation. The word “pastor” derives from the Latin root meaning “shepherd” ‐ literally one who leads the flock to pasture, checks on their well‐being and promotes their security while the sheep feed. The term “pastor” relates to the Biblical role of the elder more than the role of the evangelist/preacher but is used many times to refer to Jesus and Jesus even calls himself “The Good Shepherd.” Read More
You may have heard of the Barber National Institute– they have used our building at times and we have interacted with them at times– plus you may know that Joel Petrusik and some of his fellow Barber residents join us for Sunday worship sometimes. You may have heard that Cheryl Woodall went through some training with the Synod Wellness Program and is using her nursing skills to foster wholeness and wellness @ Good Shepherd. You may have heard that opioid miss–use in America is epidemic and that suicide is a leading cause of death for younger Americans, and that the 2 political parties have vastly different ideas on medical care. Read More
July / August 2017
Almost everyone knows the partial quote from one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin, “… nothing can be said to be certain but death and taxes.” We all know that the one thing every living being shares is that the day will come when life will end- each and every one of us will die. Yet, death is one thing people tend (even more than sex, income, or taxes) to avoid talking about. Read More
You could say I have tickets for the Pirates game on Father’s Day. I would say that I have tickets for the Cubs visit to PNC Park in mid–June. But Pirates fan or Cubs fan or God fan please, READ ON! I DARE YOU!
Do you know anyone named Hope? Hope along with Faith, Grace and other Biblical names used to be common. Now such names are way down on the list of baby names. One list of popular girl’s names had Hope #252 for 2016. Faith was #120 and Grace came in 43rd. But the list of top 100 girl’s names included: Luna, Paisley and Brooklyn. Things do change but I think names say something about what is in people’s hearts and minds. Things change, but the concepts of Christianity speak anew in old and new context. Read More