Piety

August 31, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, I heard a good sermon yesterday based upon Mark 7 in which Jesus doesn’t require his disciples to wash their hands in the ceremonial fashion the Pharisees required. The preacher explained how this was was not the typical washing of hands we…

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Predicting the Future

August 24, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, The New York Stock Exchange had a wild day today. It opened and a minute later the Dow had dropped nearly 1100 points. It recovered to a loss of 140 points and later closed with a loss of more than 500 points.…

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Where do Pets fit in God’s Creation?

August 17, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Pets are animals that entertain us and delight in being our companions. I have a collie named Jacob. Next month he will turn 12. In his old age he asks for nothing more than to lie down near me. When I am…

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What is Holiness?

August 10, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, The theme at Camp Horstick this week is holiness. What is holiness? The words holy and sacred are connected and mean “set apart.” Thus a church altar made of wood is made holy because it has a special use that is connected…

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Children and Church Camp

August 3, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Family traditions are important. They create times of bonding, memories, and often laughter. One tradition I had with my children took place sometime during the week before Church camp. My three children and I were to go to the store “for bug…

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The Importance of Pastoral Care

July 27, 2015 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Last Monday I climbed a six foot ladder to remove Spanish moss from an orange tree. The ladder could not support my weight. A leg of the aluminum ladder bent and down I crashed. I landed on thick and soft grass, but…

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