On Anxiety and Faith: The Short Answer

"Between Marx and marzipan in the dictionary there was Mary Between the Deep Blue Sea and the Devil that was me..." https://youtu.be/g0CUmD8bTC8 "Worker's Playtime" by Billy Bragg was pretty much the sountrack of my life as I courted my beloved Bride-to-be.  Before iPads and iPods, back in the late 80's and earliest 1990's I'd walk … Continue reading On Anxiety and Faith: The Short Answer

On Anxiety and Faith: The Passage

Alfred E. Neuman, the mascot of MAD Magazine since about 1956 has appeared on the cover of almost every issue since then. His motto: "What? Me Worry?" used to imply that one couldn't care less, that laughter was the best medicine. Today the answer seems far less laughable. Yes. We worry.  A lot.  Mental health professionals … Continue reading On Anxiety and Faith: The Passage

Words of Life and Healing: The Passage

This next Sunday is "Rally Day" at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the kickoff of our Sunday School season which will run through the rest of the school year. Immanuel hosts a cookout in the Laurel city park after service. Members pull in these huge grills for hamburgers and hotdogs. As the small town newspapers used to … Continue reading Words of Life and Healing: The Passage

Hanging on His Words: The Passage

Tuesday, I double check our travel itinerary for this week's spiritual jaunt together towards a sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity and sigh. We're headed quite a long way, well outside my comfort zone into rather unfamiliar territory. Ignore my grumbling. We use a 1-Year lectionary--a well-worn churchly roadmap of readings, handed down by … Continue reading Hanging on His Words: The Passage