Tabletalk – Pastor’s Blog

  • The Way Home
    The Way Home
    July 28, 2017 by
    “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’  So he got up and went to his father… ~ Luke 15:17-20a I...
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  • An Object in Motion
    An Object in Motion
    July 1, 2017 by
    Everyone was gazing at his finger. They didn’t realize He was pointing at the heavens. By the time John Trumbull was commissioned to imagine the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1817, the occasion was already pregnant with aggrandizement and mythology. While the motion to secede from the British Empire was adopted on July 4th, it would be nearly a month before anyone put quill to paper to sign it. The parchment was carried on horseback up and down...
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  • ...And Other Ways the Church is a Little Like Star Wars
    …And Other Ways the Church is a Little Like Star Wars
    May 4, 2017 by
    “The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it.” ~ Charles Spurgeon A long time ago, at my brother’s house far far away… Melissa and I introduced my five-year-old nephew, Will, to the (original) Star Wars trilogy. It’s the responsibility of any decent godfather, and it didn’t take him long to fall in love with the saga. About ten minutes in, he leaned over to my brother and sister-in-law and said, “Mom; Dad! Do...
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  • The Law of Inertia
    The Law of Inertia
    April 30, 2017 by
    An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. ~ Newton’s First Law of Motion Nothing we look down upon in the life of another is completely absent within ourselves. So then, when we judge the other, what we’re really judging are the tendencies within ourselves that we despise the most. In the same way, what we lift up in the life of another is also a...
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  • A Liturgical Drama in Three Parts
    A Liturgical Drama in Three Parts
    April 3, 2017 by
    It’s my first real memory of our parish. I remember about ten years ago I drove up to Historic Trinity from Memphis for a buddy of mine’s wedding.  I was a pastoral intern at the time, and had just enough free space to make it to St. Louis for his wedding before heading back to get settled and ready for Sunday worship.  Everything was planned down to the minute. I could have sworn the wedding started at 4:00 pm. I...
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  • Coming Home
    Coming Home
    February 27, 2017 by
    Here it is. Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Return of the Prodigal Son, which hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He had lost nearly everything he had by the time he painted it. Nearly broke, he would die two years after its completion. I think about Rembrandt’s magnum opus near the beginning of every Lenten season. Its themes leap off the canvas: Repentance, Sonship, Love, Forgiveness, the list goes on. But the one that stands out most to me, as...
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  • The Homilies of our Pets
    The Homilies of our Pets
    February 19, 2017 by
    “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” ~Luke 12:24-26 Martin Luther wrote once that, though he’d heard his fair share...
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  • Life Together
    Life Together
    February 12, 2017 by
    “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” (Romans 1:11-12) I love the way St. Paul ends his epistles. With the exception of Galatians, Paul ends every letter to every church with a loving, detailed and precise litany of personal greetings and prayers.  He wants to be with them.  He loves them, and that...
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