John D. Bown (Minnesota)
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Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” - Luke 5:5 (NRSV)
Our church recently lost one of its matriarchs. Over the course of her long life, Liz was an important mentor to many in our church. Many years ago, shortly after we had joined the church, Liz approached me about becoming the chair of the stewardship committee. I wasn’t sure I...
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE