Monthly Archives: July 2018

Leaving Kansas

TEXTS: Isaiah 6:-1-8, Matthew 5:1-11 Dorothy and Kansas In the late 1990s Alaska Airlines ran an ad that showed a beautiful scene in Alaska, tagged with the words, “When you’ve seen Alaska the rest of the country looks like Kansas.” … Continue reading

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Presbyterians and Politics Part Deux

06-16 Back in the 2000s, during the presidency of George W. Bush, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I never thought I would miss Nixon.” A few weeks ago I saw one that said, “I never thought I would … Continue reading

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

(This is the first in a series of sermons using the Wizard of Oz as a way of understanding the spiritual life. Texts at the end.)     Come with me on a journey—a journey down the Yellow Brick Road. … Continue reading

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Presbyterians and Politics

  Note: At this summer’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the following statement was passed. “No congregation, session, presbytery, synod, or national office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), nor any individual acting on behalf of or in an … Continue reading

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City of Dreams or Nothing New Under the Sun

William Faulkner once said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Watching the various incidents concerning immigrants in America has driven that home. I have been reading Tyler Anbinder’s massive book, City of Dreams in my free time. It weighs in at 735 pages, … Continue reading

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Grilled Lime Chicken On A Bed of Lemons

Originally posted on capturingminnesota:
This is my new favorite way to grill chicken and fish! It keeps the meat so moist, it doesn’t burn, you get a great lemon flavor, the lemons smell awesome when they start getting hot, and…

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Calmed, Healed, Sent

  Just seeing it on the shelf at the library unleashed a flood of memories. The Next Whole Earth Catalog. It threw me 44 years into the past, when I bought The Last Whole Earth Catalog on a whim from … Continue reading

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