Giving Thanks

November 23, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, As we look forward to Thanksgiving Day, what does it mean to be thankful? Thankfulness is an Anglo-Saxon word that is of German origin. Gratitude is the French and Latin equivalent. Both words are everyday concepts that are appreciative of the goodness, courtesy, and…

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ISIS and Paris

November 16, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, I don’t understand ISIS—Islamic State in Syria. Why would anyone join an organization to die? Who are these people? The more I ponder these questions, I no longer think of them as connected to Islam. They use the language of Islam, but…

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About Time

November 9, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, “Timing is Everything” is a phrase we hear often. Long term, time is our most precious resource. How we use our time through the course of our lives is an indicator of what we have accomplished—or not. I tend to achieve more…

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Risk in the Name of Love

November 2, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, When my oldest daughter, Madeleine, was six years old, I tried to teach her a story about safety. She had been careless about riding her bike, so that night I told her a story about a little girl who rode her bike…

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Black Lives Matter Part 2

October 26, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, A few weeks ago I wrote about corporate sin and our inclination as Americans to ignore this dimension of sin as we focus upon individual sin. I also mentioned that Jesus looked carefully at the sinful attitudes of hypocrisy, greed, and hardness…

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Black Lives Matter/All Lives Matter

October 19, 2015, Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, In last Tuesday’s Democratic Party Debate, the five candidates for President of the United States were asked a question. “Do Black lives matter, or do all lives matter?” The question was politically charged, for the Black Lives Matter movement insists that only…

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