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The Holy Spirit as Guide

John 16:5-15      This past week,  I wrote a blog about why I believe Jesus would have spoken against all the religious and nonreligious people today who fear and condemn transgender people for not fitting the norm. You can scroll … Continue reading

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Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

     This is a follow up revision to a post in July that I did about there being no unforgivable sin. Since then I’ve been praying the same gospel text because I’m also retranslating the Gospel of Mark into words … Continue reading

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Is There An Unforgivable Sin?

Mark 3:28-30      A long time ago, I was praying the gospels. I asked for an answer to this question: Why is the sin against the Holy Spirit unforgivable? Doesn’t that minimize the sacrifice of Jesus, even it’s by only … Continue reading

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Baptized with the Holy Goose

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15       Pentecost has always been a bit of a mystery for me. I think it’s one of the hardest events following the resurrection of Jesus to understand: the giving – or baptism – of the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading

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You Are Not Powerless

       Have you ever gone into a department store to return a product that was damaged, or that didn’t work properly the first time you used it? You go up to the return counter, a bit upset because you … Continue reading

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Doing Your Part in Baptism

Mark 1:1-8                                                   Baptism is one of the sacred rites Christians around the world share in common. It’s one thing that unifies us. We can all say we were baptized in Christ. If you meet a Catholic in Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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Calm Down – Don’t Retaliate

John 20:19-23      Jesus was viciously murdered by the Romans at the instigating of the religious people of his own faith tradition. Let’s paint another picture of that scene in the Middle East today. This could take place in any … Continue reading

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Born of a Holy Spirit

John 3:1-17       How do you know if you’ve been born again? I think it’s easy to know. The Bible says the result (fruit) of receiving “the Spirit” is love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These … Continue reading

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Baptism – Sweet or Dill?

  Matt. 3:13-17      I was having a discussion with my mother several years ago. I think I was about 52 years old. I was attending the Lutheran seminary at that time and some of the professors were really big … Continue reading

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ELCA – LCMS – NALC – WELC – and the Holy Spirit

  Luke 12: 49-56 The ELCA has a new presiding bishop. May the Holy Spirit work through her to bring in the kingdom of God during her term in office. Yes, I believe the Holy Spirit can work through a … Continue reading

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