Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings The last week of January I share here my annual report to the congregation. There is much I and we have to celebrate and be…

Third Sunday after Epiphany

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last week I learned that my seminary alma mater was moving to a new location. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) was created…

Second Sunday after Epiphany

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A few years ago I visited a couple interested in joining a church I pastored. The husband was a recently retired high school history teacher…

Baptism of Our Lord

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings While on the gym treadmill, I glanced up at the array of TV screens in front of me. This was morning news time, and all…

Christmas

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings When selecting music for Christmas worship, I’ve wondered whether it made sense to use carols with winter themes here in Florida. Can we sing about…

Third Sunday Of Advent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Below is one of my first Reflections columns at Gloria Dei and I think it is worth sharing again. A few years ago on Christmas…

Second Sunday Of Advent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Christmas has become a strange holiday. No one is quite sure when it starts or ends, no one is really sure what it is about,…

First Sunday Of Advent

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Recently I’ve been watching the latest (and next to last) season of The Crown on Netflix. The multi-year program is the semi-fictional account of the…

Last Sunday After Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Marshall Davis is a retired Baptist pastor living in New Hampshire. Our book group read one of his books earlier in the year and I…

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings According to the UN, this coming Tuesday a baby will be born somewhere in the world who will be the 8 billionth living person on…

All Saints Sunday

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A wise man once said nothing. (anonymous) The English Heritage Trust oversees over 400 historic sites, including monuments, castles, forts, palaces, and various kinds of…

Reformation Sunday

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last month I pulled a largish postcard mass mailer out of our mailbox. It was from a local church inviting “me” to worship there. It…

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings After his rollercoaster administration, Boris Johnson was forced out by his party and Liz Truss replaced him as British prime minister. After barely a month…

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A recent article on the NBC News website reported on the rise of “Christian nationalism” here in the United States. It has been promoted by…

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Delphine Horvilleur, 47, is one of only five female rabbis in France. And there are only about 600,000 French Jews among a population of 65…

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings We are very deeply grateful that AMI and our church building came through the storm in good shape. Thank you for your prayers, support, and…

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…