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Weeds and wheat; refusal and refuge

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The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the … Continue reading

This is why Tri-Faith matters

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Since 2012, the Nebraska Synod has been a partner with the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska in developing a worshiping community as part of the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, a unique campus on which will stand three houses of worship: Jewish, … Continue reading

Remember that you are dust . . .

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How could I forget? Doesn’t seem to matter how well-intentioned or hopeful the day, my dusty nature makes itself clear fairly early on. Yet Ash Wednesday’s yearly reminder isn’t only about our sin; it’s about who we are, and about … Continue reading

Jesus Christ the same . . .

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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”—Hebrews 13:8 I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this wonderful verse wielded as a weapon, a sort of catch-all against any change in the Church or its members. As … Continue reading

Lousy election. Great call.

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The recent ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh was historic in many ways. Most noted in the larger culture was the election of Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as Presiding Bishop-elect of the ELCA. Too many news outlets wrote of it in the … Continue reading