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SEEING JESUS IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

Ten years ago, I came across a book that had just been released titled Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality and Politics. The intention of the book by Pastor Adam Hamilton (author of our book study last January, Half Truths) was to challenge Christians to...

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Once Upon a Manger

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

Some years ago, Garrison Keillor shared the Seven Principles of a Successful Christmas. Number one was not to spend too much time shopping for gifts that are going to spend the next 30 years in a bottom drawer and sell for 35 cents at an estate sale. Just buy them all sweatpants. Number two...

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THANKSGIVING

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

This morning as I write, a couple I married and their two children are living in a rental home outside San Francisco while wildfires consume their neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Friends and colleagues are in the middle of rebuilding or restoring homes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean or grieving...

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GOD’S STORY WRITTEN ON THE SOUL OF A GRUMPY MONK

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

500 years ago this October, a German monk with a newly discovered understanding of God’s grace and a growing dissatisfaction with the legalism of the institutional Church could not stay silent. While his initial hope might have been to start an honest debate and conversation, it quickly...

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Tags: luther, reformation

GOD’S STORY WRITTEN ON THE WORLD

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

From my earliest remembrances, my life began taking shape around stories. I remember the stories played from the 45rpm records at bedtime in the room I shared with my sister and brother, stirring my imagination in the moments before sleep. I remember the Bible stories told in Sunday School with...

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A Time To.......

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

As we launch into summer we also come to the conclusion of our worship theme from Ecclesiastes 3, “For everything there is a season.” Last fall, we focused on “A Time to Build Up.” In Advent and Christmas, “A Time to Be Born.” In Epiphany and Lent, “A...

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You've Got Mail

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

I recall one Advent some years ago here when we collected a long list of names from the congregation. We started with our own home-bound, care-centered, widows and widowers and then expanded it by asking members to give us names of others to whom we could send personalized Christmas greetings...

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Tags: embrace, message, notes, outreach, postcards

God Loves Basketball

Posted by Pastor David Olson on

GOD LOVES BASKETBALL Some years ago, I had a dream. Unfortunately, it was not one of those Martin Luther King Jr. kinds of dream, but a dream that came on after watching too much basketball during the NCAA Finals. The dream itself was short and the people in it indistinguishable. I was here at...

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Tags: basketball, dream, joy