Tag Archives: Mary

A Famine in the Land

In the fall of 1989 I was a first year student at Princeton Theological Seminary. More than once during that first semester (and each subsequent semester), I wondered if I had made the right choice. I felt ill-prepared and out … Continue reading

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Bidding Prayer for Advent Love

With hopes that we, like Mary, may find favor with God, let us join together in praying for all who share the sacred journey to Bethlehem. People may quietly or silently voice their prayers God who leads through example, be … Continue reading

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Be Like Mary

Mary didn’t mean much to me as a child. Of course, there was the coveted role of Mary in the annual Christmas Pageant. Even that was a big disappointment in seventh or eighth grade when it was my turn; there … Continue reading

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Dry Socks and Hot Food

Have you ever been camping out in the woods without benefit of electricity, running water, and other modern conveniences? If you have, then you know that the ability to light a fire and keep it burning is important, particularly if … Continue reading

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Respond to Racism: Embody Christ

I’m not good when it comes to secrets. I’m not good at keeping silent when there is a proverbial dead elephant in the room. Here in Minnesota people attribute my “directness” to having spent most of my life in New … Continue reading

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Sometimes It Takes A Poet

It’s the Fourth Sunday of Advent and I’m doing my best to hold onto that. My mind is on Friday’s peace rally at a local Muslim community center, the Saturday Black Lives Matter march, and the emerging plans for rallies … Continue reading

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Holy, Improbable Yes

The fourth Sunday of Advent is the perfect time for the story of Gabriel and Mary because it’s all about love–God’s great love for humanity and Mary’s willingness to bring that love into the world. This passage overflows with all the improbable … Continue reading

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