“We Can’t Do That”

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(Update in italics below to this story that I wrote a year ago) Chuck, who ran our Seamen’s Center in Ketchikan, came to me with an idea one day. My first response was “we can’t do that, it’s too much work”. He said he wanted to sell barbecued chicken at a booth on...

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Managing Time

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Managing time is an important concern in today’s Culture. We are so pulled. There’s no place where our cell phone isn’t. Every application to be completed asks for multitudes of numbers so that we or our next of kin can be reached in “an emergency”. There’s...

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Other Easter Sunrises I have known

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During the Easter season I have had time to look back on all the Easters I have known. Like everyone else, for my earliest memories there was all the tradition about the bunny whoever he is. And of course dyeing real eggs was always great excitement, especially as the oldest who assisted his...

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Tags: connection, easter

Easter Sunrise Baptism

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“Long ago and far away” are words of many a novel beginning sentence and yet that’s what comes to mind when I think about that first or second Easter Vigil sunrise service back in 1977 or 1978. “Long ago” certainly fits because that was another age in the life of...

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Tags: baptism, easter

Easter Afternoon

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In the early days in Alaska we didn’t have family other than ourselves to spend Easter lunch with. After all the excitement of Sunday morning it was nice to have some folks to hang out with. Of course when eating with other folks there is always the excitement of combined recipes and...

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Tags: communion, easter, fish

Killer Whale Remembers Easter

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It was early Sunday morning as I drove back to my house to rest a little and prepare for the late service. I had gotten up early that day for Easter Sunrise service up in Ketchikan. Easter Sunrise comes real early up there in Alaska, somewhere between five and five thirty. This 6 am thing in...

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Brussels Sprouts

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“What’s that smell?” I asked. I had just walked into the church office up in Ketchikan. The church secretary looked at me and said “You know what it is, don’t you? It’s the Brussels sprouts.” “Well, it’s pretty strong” I said...

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Tags: ministry

It Was a Quiet Morning

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“It was a quiet morning”, my sister told me. Her husband was home for President’s Day and she decided to walk and look out the front garage door of her suburban house.  And there it was: something that streaked across her view and down the edge of the concrete...

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Tags: blessings, opportunity

Lent

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Lent started last week and many folks in and out of the Christian world are saying “so what?”   Why bother with an antique season of penitence and fasting?  Why not charge fully into the power of the resurrected Jesus?  Why labor ourselves with the dreary...

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Tags: fasting, lent, penitence

Cursillo in the Last Frontier

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Cursillo was sweeping the lower 48 back in the 70’s and church people were hearing about it.  Cursillo stood for short course in Christianity, a 3 day retreat, that moved people in a powerful way.  Folks up in Ketchikan wanted to be included.  They wanted their own version...

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Tags: cursillo, ecumenical, ministry

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