Life-Affirming – the Collection

A collection of my blog posts on the topic of protecting the rights of unborn children: Roe v Wade finally gets overturned on the day the church celebrates the nativity of St. John the Baptist: https://wordpress.com/post/mirrorneurons.blog/10253 Sonogram of an unborn https://wordpress.com/post/mirrorneurons.blog/9615 The under-400 club; children who were born weighing less than 400 grams and survived:…

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

“One giant leap for mankind.” That is how astronaut Neil Armstrong described his first step on the moon in 1969. Today, June 24, 2022, the church celebrates another giant leap for humankind – the overturn of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The legal rights of an entire segment…

My Friend, the Stamp Collector

He taught me a new way to detach stamps from envelopes. I had been taught to soak the envelopes in water for several minutes until the stamps came off. He showed be how, instead of soaking them, you spray the stamps with a citrus cleanser and they come off almost immediately. We remove stamps from…

A Cloud Hid Him

At the Ascension Day worship service that I attended this year when the reader came to part in the ascension story from Acts, chapter one, “And a cloud took him out of their sight,” he stopped. He stopped so that one of the assisting ministers could step forward and extinguish the Christ candle, the candle…

2022 Art in Bloom

World-class art and exquisite flower arrangements – what could be better? The 2022 edition of Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) did not disappoint. See what I mean. Florist Pamela Marie’s interpretation of First Century BCE Japanese ritual bell. Sheets of clay cover two figures like blankets warming sleeping bodies. Artist Georges Jeanclos’…

The Coming Lord is Our Righteousness

“In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 33”16) As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas during the season of Advent (which means “coming”), our focus is on repentance. We are preparing for the coming…

My Salvation Will Be Forever

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” Isaiah 51:6 The people…

Simultaneously

One of Martin Luther’s greatest theological insights was that believers in Christ are not perfect saints all the time, rather we are simultaneously saints and sinners. We are 100 percent perfect and sinless through faith in Jesus as our Savior but the sinful nature that has been ours since conception in our mothers’ wombs still…

The Lettuce Sermon

The text for this sermon is Hebrews, chapter ten, verses twenty two to twenty five: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without…