Second Sunday of Advent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Angelica Rubio has represented Las Cruces, New Mexico in the state legislature for sixteen years. Recently she wrote the story from her childhood of an event that,…

First Sunday of Advent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings About now you will likely be seeing signs, yard displays, and especially bumper stickers with the message, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” I’m never sure what…

Last Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings According to the medieval German theologian and mystic, Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘Thank You,’ that would…

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Our 1800-mile trip from Florida to New Mexico was thankfully uneventful. Towards the end, however, we became aware that Emma, one of our two dogs,…

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings One of the things I have most looked forward to in returning to New Mexico is experiencing again its often stunning and awesome natural beauty.…

All Saints Sunday

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I am on the road this week as we drive to our retirement home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I will continue to edit the…

Reformation Sunday

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Just when I thought everybody had said their piece on the matter, AP (the Associated Press) recently published a mega online report about the rise…

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last Friday the expected emails arrived from our two bishops. They both were writing about the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East. As…

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” It’s one of the most famous lines of William Faulkner. I suspect the quotation is famous…

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In my sermon last Sunday, I talked about modern biblical scholarship. This is the approach to the Bible, beginning about 250 years ago, which asks…

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I have said many times that Gloria Dei has a coffee hour preceded by a worship service. And I’m only half-joking. Churches (with or without a…

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings It started with a piece by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, titled “Anxiety in the Age of Barbie.” Then I began noticing other articles…

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings So, who is Eckhart Tolle, the author of our next discussion book? Tolle was born in West Germany in 1948. His parents’ relationship was tumultuous.…

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This past week there has been quite a stir among some of my Facebook clergy friends. They have been discussing—and sometimes arguing about—the recent blog…

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Christian denominations are experiencing a lot of turmoil these days. A feud that has been simmering for years in the United Methodist Church has finally…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Recently, retired Baptist pastor and nondual Christianity teacher, Marshall Davis, posted a video titled “Jesus Was Not a Christian.” In it he responds to a…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I'm sharing this post again because it fits well with my sermon last Sunday. I wrote it three years ago during the pandemic lockdown. I…

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In recent months, a number of people have asked me questions or sent articles about Christian nationalism. What is Christian nationalism? Here is the explanation of Texas…