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Semper Reformanda

by Amanda Esping

Semper Reformanda Always reforming. We’ve been talking about Reformation for an entire year, and it is finally here!  We commemorate the 500th anniversary of the day Martian Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, and on this day we celebrate our heritage as we look ahead to the next 500 […]

Inheritance Redeemed

by Amanda Esping

Inheritance Redeemed “By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading…” (I Peter 1:3-4) In our reading from 1st Peter, we think about this gift God has given us as […]

Yoga, Centering Prayer, Forgotten Luther, and C.I.F!

by Amanda Esping

What do all those have in common?  Well, not much, other than the fact that they all start next week at Our Lord’s!  The Holy Spirit has given us an awesome start to the New Year with a fresh breath of energy and opportunities to live our faith together!   Scripture, Yoga, and Centering Prayer: […]

A New Song for a New Day

by Amanda Esping

Psalm 98 1O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.             The Lord’s right hand and holy arm have been victorious. 2The Lord has made known this victory;             The Lord has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 3The Lord has remembered his steadfast love and […]

Best

by Amanda Esping

A sad note:  Most of you probably know by now, but Pr. Adrian Brown passed away on Saturday.  The first indication is that he took his own life, although this answer has not been finalized.  This post was written well before I knew of his passing, but I still dedicate it to him, the great […]

Courage for Mercy

by Amanda Esping

  This Sunday our appointed gospel reading is the story of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37).  It’s one of those stories pretty much everybody knows.  From Good Samaritan societies to the Good Sam camping club, it is a typical cultural reference point for somebody who does a nice thing which probably won’t be repaid. […]

Free Indeed

by Amanda Esping

Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36 Jesus is part of Jesus’ response to what is basically a claim of national pride – the children of Abraham weren’t just a family or a religion, but the nation of Israel.  The Jews who believed in him said, “We […]

What a dad really wants.

by Amanda Esping

With deepest honor for all those who father the world. When mother’s day rolls around, I hear all kinds of things about the importance of celebrating with care.  After all, it is a wonderful day for only a few people. The list of reasons goes on and on. There are women who want to be […]

The Tyranny of the Urgent

by Amanda Esping

  It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. Too long. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, but every time I sat down to work on it, something else happened. By the time finished whatever else was happening, I had either forgotten or there was no time. This probably sounds familiar to […]

What’s so Holy about Holy Week?

by Amanda Esping

This is Holy Week. But, what makes it Holy? Well, to give the default answer for all questions having to do with Christianity, Jesus is what makes it holy. This is true. It is what Jesus did for us by giving himself over to death, even death on a cross, so that not even death […]