Reflections Blog

Who Wants Change?

When change is necessary, Presbyterians often already have the means. The real question is whether we have the will. Take as an example the challenge of including more young voices1 in our decision making. We already have a way to do this. As...

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Both/And Leadership

There was a time in Church history where denominations like ours enjoyed an era of expanding resources. They had the same mission as we do, to make disciples and build a vibrant God-honoring Church, but they were pursuing these activities in a...

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Summer Reflections

To all you who have traveled this summer, welcome home! I hope you have enjoyed your wanderings. I took two major trips—the first to General Assembly in St. Louis, and the second to Week 1 of the Art of Transitional Ministry at the Zephyr Point...

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Can You Say, “Los Ranchos Fusion?”

The only thing I know about Indian food is that I love eating it. If I visit a food court offering the world’s many cuisines, I’ll end up eating Indian food every time. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, I just can’t get enough. Well, that has...

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The Power of “Together”

Our family had a mission statement. My parents wouldn’t use those words, of course, but to this day, we know it by heart. They reared us to be “lovers and givers.” That was their deepest hope, why we existed. The challenge was that we were all...

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Oh, What Joy!

In mid-May Karen and I traveled back to New Jersey to celebrate a friend’s graduation from Princeton Seminary. Then we helped her pack a U-Haul and drove with her from Princeton to Yuma, Colorado, where she has begun her first call as an...

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Remembering a Beloved Clerk

MEMORIAL REFLECTIONS Diane Woollett April 28, 2018 These Memorial Reflections about Diane’s life began weeks ago, as if by some design, I could get ahead of the curve. Not the curve of minister busy-ness and church obligations. I mean ahead of...

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The Fresh Air of Open Debate

Photo Credit: St. Cloud Times Before I begin this month’s column, let me encourage you to read Winston Presnall’s tribute to Diane Woollett at her memorial service on April 28. Diane was the Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church of...

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Spring Fever

Every spring I catch this virus. I hear others get it too. It’s called ‘spring fever.’ As the flowers begin to bud and the days grow longer, my energy seems to build like the crescendo of a symphony. I begin to wake before sunrise and then...

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The Divine Mystery of Forgiveness

Photo by Jason Stephenson Happy Eastertide! Soon after his resurrection, Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room and says, “Peace be with you.” When their excitement has died down, he resumes. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with...

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Love Springs Up

One of my best friends is a Texan. I love the way he says, ‘ohl’ and ‘fohl,’ which are spelled ‘oil’ and ‘foil.’ So, when you read this, I wish you could hear his voice, his Texas twang. The Meaning of Easter One day we got in a conversation...

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Becoming Velcro for Good News

“I thank my God every time I remember you…” (Philippians 1:3) This afternoon, I have just come home from a congregational meeting to dissolve a pastoral relationship. It was not an easy meeting. It concluded over three weeks of difficult...

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