PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP ALLENDE ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:28] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you are already aware, on Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that marriage between two people of the same gender is now a fundamental right in every state. That includes Ohio, where until yesterday, same-sex marriages were []

WE WANT A KING

…we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations… [1 Samuel 8:19-20]   No, this is not a post about LeBron James. Tempted as I am to revert to my sports reporting days and offer a commentary on the Cleveland Cavaliers as they begin their first venture into the NBA Finals in eight years, I refuse to yield to the urge and delve instead into 1 Samuel 8:4–20, 11:14–15, the first semi-continuous assigned []

REFLECTIONS ON MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day is an appropriate occasion to respectfully honor the sacrifices that those who have lost their lives in battle have made for this country. It is also an opportunity to further the consciousness of the absurdity of war, and honor the memory of fallen by working more diligently to find peaceful solutions to conflict.

letterman’s legacy

“I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” [John 15:11] I haven’t always been a fan of David Letterman. I probably never watched his late night talk show on CBS with any regularity until I married my wife, Linda, ten years ago. She ritualistically never turned off the TV until she had, at the very least, seen Letterman’s “Top Ten.” Even though she had to wake up much []

REFRAMING OUR THINKING

“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” [Acts 10:47] Several years ago, church historian Justo González wrote a commentary on the book of Acts entitled Acts, the Gospel of the Spirit. It was written from an obvious Latino perspective, emphasizing the social, spiritual, missional and theological implications on the Latino culture and churches. But there is a lot to be gleaned from this work for other cultures as well. The []

BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God [1 John 4:7] Alleluia! Christ is risen! It has been a while since I’ve posted anything new on this blog. Even my most recent post was a duplication of something I’d written a few years ago. I confess it has been a struggle to sit and think about something other than a sermon. There have been countless other writing obligations, and the months of March and April have been filled with []

A NEW SEASON…AGAIN

I originally published this post in April of 2013. It is an abbreviated version of a sermon I had preached at the parish I served, The Lutheran Church of the Covenant, on the second Sunday of Easter. Since we read the same Gospel every year at this time, I wanted to bring this one back, since it was one of my favorites (if I do say so myself!). I ask that you please overlook the dated references to the Cleveland Indians. Otherwise, it []

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