Category Archives: Reflections

Telling Our Faith Stories: A Congregational Model

            “I tend to get uncomfortable sharing about myself with strangers and was surprised with the comfort level I felt,” reflected one of my parishioners after our workshop. After surveying various methods and practices in storytelling, I concluded that Anne E. … Continue reading

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Praise With Creation

Originally published on tvprays.org Revelation 5:11-14 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing with full voice,‘Worthy is … Continue reading

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Easter Season

Pastor’s Column from the Trinity May 2022 Epistle/Newsletter Dear Friends in Christ,  The cycle of readings we hear read and interpreted during the Easter Season are rich in imagery and themes of faith. Collectively they can stir our imaginations. Though … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

Originally published on tvprays.org. Proverbs 3:13-18 13 Happy are those who find wisdom,   and those who get understanding, 14 for her income is better than silver,   and her revenue better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels,   and nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life … Continue reading

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Why go to church camp?

My former professor Don Browning defined practical theology as “critical reflection on the church’s dialogue with Christian sources and other communities of experience and interpretation with the aim of guiding its action toward social and individual transformation.” Sacred Play­grounds is a practical … Continue reading

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What Have We Learned

February column for Trinity’s Epistle/Newsletter. Previously published on tvprays.org. Friends in Christ, I read an article online that encouraged congregations to not let the current moment pass by before taking some time to reflect on what we have learned during the last … Continue reading

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TLC 2021 – Pastor’s Report

19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19) The verse from Isaiah 43 is my annual report thread. The … Continue reading

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A Father’s Love

Originally posted on tvprays.org “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now … Continue reading

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Grief and Hope

Originally published on tvprays.org Psalm 13 (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship) 1How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after … Continue reading

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Rest and Healing

Newsletter/Epistle Column for August 2021 Dear Friends and Members of Trinity,      I confess that I do not have anything particularly spiritual to write this month. I want to take you up one of Idaho’s high mountain peaks and give you … Continue reading

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