Ash Wednesday – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

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Big Fat Tuesday – Br. Mark Brown

St. Mathias/Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

Happy St. Mathias’ Day.  And happy Fat Tuesday–Mardi Gras.  It’s Shrove Tuesday and Lent is upon us.  The season of preparation, of penitence, abstinence and re-orientation.

And it’s different this year. We live in a world very different from the one we lived in just one year ago. Events of historical magnitude have taken place. The economy—ouch!  The election of Obama–hurray! And this year I turn sixty—boo! Of course, that’s only of historical magnitude to me. In any event, this Lent is not like the others. Continue reading

Jesus’ Transfiguration; Our Transfiguration – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mark 9:2-9; Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-35

In early February my brother Bruce and I were on top of Mount Tabor where this event, Jesus’ transfiguration, took place. We were traveling with a group of pilgrims following the path of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death and resurrection in Israel/Palestine.  Mount Tabor is north of Jerusalem, and about 11 miles west of the Sea of Galilee.  Mount Tabor is forested with pine trees and offering stunning, panoramic views.  Continue reading

Opening the Heart – Br. David Vryhof

Genesis 6:5-8 and 7:1-5,10;
Mark 8:14-21

Christianity – contrary to popular opinion – is a religion of the heart. It engages us at the deepest levels of our being.

I say “contrary to popular opinion” because the most common perception of Christian faith in modern western minds is that Christian faith is about accepting a certain set of “beliefs” to be true. Continue reading

Investing in Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Micah 6:6-8
Mark 7:1-13

“Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.”Mark 7:7:1-2

The criticism about Jesus’ disciples not washing their hands was not the Pharisees’ concern about the spread of germs.  This is about ritual purity. The Pharisees believed that in addition to the Ten Commandments, Moses had received other commandments from God which had been communicated privately to the Pharisees down through the generations.

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What Do You See – Br. James Koester

One of the reasons why I like going to church, is that I love to people watch. I like to watch people as they come in and find a place. I like to see where people sit, and how some people always sit in the same place. I like to see who comes early and who comes late. (And you didn’t think we noticed!)

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The Knowledge of God – Br. Paul Wessinger

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