Dew of the mountain…

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For thereContinue reading “Dew of the mountain…”

Harmony is not agreement but unity

Romans 15:1-6 (NRSV) We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insultContinue reading “Harmony is not agreement but unity”

together in unity…

Psalm 133 tells us “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” How true that is! Aren’t things more pleasant when everyone is getting along? Ever been to a family gathering where everyone knew there was a huge pink elephant in the room no one was willing to mention? Everyone tip toedContinue reading “together in unity…”

A statement on the 2009 ELCA Churchwide decision

I sit at my desk and prayerfully consider a statement to simply state my Biblical and pastoral understanding of the ELCA’s decisions “to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize and support lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships” and to allow persons in these relationships to serve as rostered leaders (including pastors) of those congregations.Continue reading “A statement on the 2009 ELCA Churchwide decision”