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…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings For the past month I have watched with dismay as fires have consumed 300,000 acres of northern New Mexico forest on the east slope of…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A “Guest Essay” intriguingly titled “How to Pray to a God You Don’t Believe In” appeared this week in The New York Times. It is…

Third Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I want to provide a follow up to last week’s Reflections and the events that inspired it. First, let me extend my gratitude to all…

Second Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Many of you have likely heard about the kerfuffle at last Sunday’s Easter sunrise service. Some background: for over fifty years, the Anna Maria Island…

Holy Week

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I wrote the following a few years ago after the death of the popular American poet Mary Oliver. Her poetry and her life reflect the…

Palm Sunday

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last week I shared with the Zoom book group a video titled “Nonduality and the Mystery of Consciousness.” It sounds very esoteric and complicated but…

Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings The feature article of this month’s Living Lutheran is titled They May Not Come Back. Who is “they”? The people who were regular worshipers before…

Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I’ve been thinking about mental maps and routines. Our mental maps are pictures in our head of the world as we experience it. That they…

Third Sunday of Lent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In case you aren’t aware, many of your fellow citizens don’t believe that you’re real. But then they don’t believe that they’re real either. In…

Second Sunday of Lent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” To work for peace,…

First Sunday of Lent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Margaret Renkl is a writer for The New York Times. She was raised Roman Catholic and Ash Wednesday has been a regular worship experience for…

Transfiguration of Our Lord

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings The news story I talked about last week, of the priest who misspoke his baptisms, has gotten attention across the country. The reactions have been…