Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Nearly every media source I follow had a story recently about a new report from the Pew Research Center. The finding that got the most…

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings It used to be said of someone who took their religion too seriously, “They’re too heavenly minded to be any earthly good.” In the modern…

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In response to my last Reflections about the recent ELCA Assembly meeting, a member wrote wondering if some of the ELCA’s problems could be helped…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings As I wrote earlier, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly held its triennial gathering from August 8-12, in Columbus, Ohio. One topic which was feared might create…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Next week when I’m back in town, I am going to write a follow-up to the ELCA assembly meeting and its plans for reorganization. I…

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last weekend I visited Bandelier National Monument. It’s located about an hour northwest of Santa Fe and twenty minutes south of Los Alamos. It encompasses…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This week the ELCA Churchwide Assembly is meeting in Columbus, Ohio. It is the principle governing body of the ELCA, which meets every three years.…

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A curious op-ed piece appeared on MSNBC.com this week titled “Why America needs a new kind of atheism right now” by Zeeshan Aleem. At 36 already…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Pope Francis is spending most of this week in Canada. For an aging pope for whom long distance travel is increasingly difficult, this commitment of…

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In an obscure section of legal codes in Exodus 21, we read: When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is…

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last week the Gallup organization released the results of a new survey of people’s views of the Bible. Gallup has been asking such questions since…

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am on the first and shorter part of my summer vacation. I soon fly back to Florida, then…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Below is a (somewhat edited) Reflections I wrote in 2019. June has become Pride Month in many places. Also, this Sunday is the 10th anniversary…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings After writing last week’s Reflections, I came across this essay by Drew Jones, a recently retired NASA aerospace engineer. Jones testifies that one of the…

Second Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Brennan Gilmore is a talented and busy man. Forty-three years old, Gilmore was in the US Foreign Service for 15 years, and now lives near…

The Holy Trinity

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings The photo appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. It was a horrible picture that seemed to encapsulate the horrific tragedy that was the…

Day of Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings One of the (sadly far too many) new books on my “to be read” shelf is Reality Is Not What It Seems by Italian physicist…

Seventh Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This week an independent report was released on sexual abuse by clergy, of both adults and children, in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation’s…