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By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oveido, FL
Joan Rivers left a legacy of absurd hilarity laced with common sense observations. Her “Can we talk?” served as prelude for a monologue that stormed forward into matters that were not generally spoken of openly. She said recently that her comedy had become “much more edgy” in these days.
Perhaps as our years pass, we do become more “edgy.” Is that another way of saying “more honest?”Jim says, “Can we talk…?”
Lost in a Good Book
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash, All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
In my little family of three, we’re all readers. I was an English major; my husband was a History major. We’re both pastors, and our office walls are lined with shelves of books. Our child has followed in our footsteps, finding time to read on even the busiest of days. When we move, we warn movers and friends about the many (many) boxes of books. We’ve pared down our home collection...
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
It seems that recently there are more items that we, as a family, are trying to juggle. The list is too long to fully mention, but it involves such things as soon-to-arrive new grandchildren, new office furniture and carpet and the planning that goes with it, changing home furnishings, family birthdays, and a few others I am sure I am forgetting. It can seem a little overwhelming if you think too much about it and how you...
One New Humanity
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
A few months ago, my husband and I traveled to his hometown in South Dakota for his high school reunion. Towards the end of the evening, we talked with one of his former classmates about the complexities of agriculture in the U.S., and global commodities markets and how the farming operation and role he...
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
“On Your Marks…Get Set…GO!” Ask any educator, parent, or child about the focus, excitement, and enthusiasm of this time of year. As a life-long educator, this season always feels like more of a “new year” than the celebration on January 1st. Even those outside educational circles view August as the end of lazy, crazy days of summer and the beginning of more organized and productive fall activities and programs. The Church,...