A Meditation While Shopping for a Christmas Tree

A Meditation While Shopping for a Christmas Tree based on Isaiah 11:1 Every year I drag a dying tree into the house And stick it in water spiked with preservative, Ever-green symbol of the life in death that is ours in Jesus, Leaving stuck in some forgotten forest A...

And God Said – A Celebration of Creation

PRELUDE In the  beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. God is transcendent and eternal. Above all things, beyond all...

A Requiem With Reservations

Reflections on the Death of Anthony Bourdain My heroes tend to be deeply flawed, suffering from addictions, adulteries, or self-destructive appetites, never seeming to live up to expectations much less keep a family together or hold down a steady job. They come scratched and dented, like an old pick-up...

In Memoriam – Kenneth Korby (1924-2006)

+ Kenneth F. Korby + Born May 5, 1924 Baptized June 8 1924 Died in the Lord July 11, 2006 The Reverend Dr. Kenneth F. Korby, pastor, confessor, and doctor of the church, died this week. He was one of the most influential teachers in my pastoral training. My...

Ten Reasons to Leave and One to Stay

This essay was adapted from a banquet speech delivered at the Doxology Reunion dinner, August 3, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. It is presented here in the spirit of fraternal camaraderie, good humor, and respect for the work of Rev. Harold Senkbeil in supporting the work and life of...