Third Sunday after Epiphany

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings A recent Facebook post got my attention for a reason the writer didn’t intend. It appeared in an artist group that I participate in. The…

Second Sunday after Epiphany

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings We hardly notice them now; they are so common: Buddha statues. You see them outdoors in people’s lawns and gardens. In an office it might…

Baptism of Our Lord

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico (though I will probably be back, or on my way back, when you read this). It has been a…

Christmas

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This is was a well-received Reflections post I wrote for a previous congregation. It talks about how we can hear the familiar ancient Christmas stories…

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings “Is the world out to get us? Is nature our enemy?” Such thoughts have occurred throughout history as humanity has confronted plagues, pestilence, violent weather,…

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings “Here we go again." That was probably the most common reaction to the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19. The…

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In my sermon last Sunday I said that I did not believe that Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher. I did acknowledge, however, that many early…

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In my sermon last Sunday, I said that our economy is based on keeping people dissatisfied. We are continuously made aware of what we lack,…

LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Earlier this year, the ELCA officially implemented a new design scheme for itself. The ELCA has done these two or three times before in response…

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In my Reformation Day sermon, I singled out two parts of the liturgy I felt needed to be changed as part of a reformation of…

ALL SAINTS DAY

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings In my Reformation sermon last Sunday, I talked about what it would mean for the church to finally take seriously the Reformation’s central teaching of…

REFORMATION SUNDAY

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Peter Wehner is an author and former speech writer for three Republican presidents. In the latest Atlantic magazine he authored an article titled, “The Evangelical…

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…