Luther’s Rose Gets Lit

Like most leaders in the church during this time of pandemic, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has been working from home. Also like many of us, Bishop Eaton has been recording regular video updates, sitting on her couch, her living room decor on display in the...

Mary Echoing Hannah

Mary’s Song of Praise (Luke 1:46-55)46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;49 for the...

Political Promises and Limited-Time Offers

Our reading for this week (Exodus 32:1-14) is set on a dramatic stage.  God’s people have escaped their Egyptian captivity and have been wandering in the Sinai. Along the way, God is re-forming them into a people no longer defined by their captors but redefined...

The Best…and the Worst

“You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed, or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.”  This anonymous quotation comes out of the addiction recovery community.   In preparation for yesterday’s worship on “captivity,” I’ve...

The Meal Worth Remembering

Read Luke 22:14-20, here’s a highlight: “Do this in remembrance of me.” v.19 This Sunday, we’ll hear once again a portion of the story of the liberation of God’s people from the slave master of Egypt.  Something that has always appealed to this lover of a good dinner...