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April 3rd, 2017|

Jesus carrying the cross artwork

Holy Week

My father-in-law always intrigued me with the stack of novels he brought to the beach for family vacations. Even more interesting was his habit of reading the last chapter first, wanting to know how the story ended,  (more…)

March 6th, 2017|

A culture of call

A Culture of Call

As I write from the ELCA Conference of Bishops in Chicago this first week in March, there are many blessings to celebrate, yet many obvious and pressing challenges facing this church. (more…)

February 6th, 2017|

Lenten message from the bishop

Editor’s note: Though Lent doesn’t begin until March 1, Bishop Tim wrote this in time for congregations to include it in their March newsletters or Lenten bulletins.

“Lent” actually comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word “Lencten,” which we would translate “lengthen,” referring to the lengthening of days or springtime. (more…)

February 6th, 2017|

image of loudspeaker

Prophetic voices

If your measuring stick is the number of phone calls to the bishop’s office in the NC Synod to register complaints about their pastor, the first week in February is the winner thus far in my 18-month tenure. The reason? (more…)

January 11th, 2017|

What does a bishop do?

Okay, so what does a bishop do anyway?

Or for that matter, what does a synod do? I’ve noticed that several of my colleagues regularly post their weekly schedule on Facebook or in a newsletter. I won’t bore you each week with that just yet, but it might be helpful for you to have this snapshot into my month of January: (more…)

December 6th, 2016|

Plus and Minus signs


At the ELCA/Alban Institute “Head of Staff Seminar” in 2000, Roy Oswald spent an afternoon talking with the group about polarities. He drew a big “plus sign” or cross on the board, put “plus” signs in each of the two upper quadrants and “minus” signs in each of the two lower. Then he said something like, (more…)

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