Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings After the baptismal celebration (see last week’s Reflections), I took the train into the city and spent the night with good friends who lived downtown.…

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last weekend I made a whirlwind trip to Chicago. I’ve never travelled for this reason before: to conduct a baptism. And so, on a lovely…

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last Sunday’s USA Today had a front-page article titled, “One in four Americans identify as Nones. Why are millions leaving organized religion?” (Hat tip to…

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This Monday, October 4, is the commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Because Francis had a deep love for all the natural…

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A question I often hear is, “Why don’t young people come to church?” Of course it’s a mistake to lump all “young people” together, since…

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This past Sunday morning retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong died at age 90. Spong was a prolific writer, authoring dozens of books, several of…

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I have mentioned Steven Charleston several times before. He is an author, Native American elder, former Luther Seminary professor, and retired Episcopal bishop. In retirement,…

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Harvard University recently named Greg Epstein as its new chief chaplain. This rated a front-page story in The New York Times because Epstein, author of…

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings It will be twenty years this coming January since the Boston Globe broke open the story of rampant pedophilia among Catholic priests and the protection…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings At the conclusion of a delightful dinner recently, I managed to unintentionally provide a moment of tension. Our hostess was describing the significant efforts of…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Pastor Doug's Reflections is on a break until he returns from vacation. Blessings in your life and ministry.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Today's Reflections is based on one I wrote for my congregation almost ten years ago. It continues the theme of how we read our ancient…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings The church has wrestled with the question of how to read the Bible through most of its history. Beginning In the Enlightenment, scientific discoveries which…

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings How—and why—do we read the Bible? My recent sermons and last week’s Reflections raise both those questions. The church has always wrestled with them but…

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This week someone who I don’t know watched our service on Facebook and left a comment. He wanted us to know that there was at…

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last Sunday I focused my sermon on one of the most fascinating books of the Bible, Job. The sufferings of the modern world, especially in…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I’m just finishing my third book (a collection of her writings) about a woman I would have much liked to have known. She lived on…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Are all religions simply different paths to the same destination? People committed to one particular religion usually dismiss such an idea as spiritual pablum for…