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Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell

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Where the Bodies are Buried

Long term pastorates are often recognized and celebrated for the depth of relationships, the continuity and trust that develop over the years. Having served nearly 20 years in the same congregation, I can confirm that this is true and this…
September 18, 2018
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The End of Wedding Season

Wedding season is about finished. I presided at only one wedding this summer—a bright couple I’ve known quite a while. Officiating at such weddings can be so joyful and hopeful and meaningful. People you’ve literally seen grow up before your…
September 4, 2018
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Grandpa, Galatians, and Gays

Albert Brunsting on his wedding day My grandfather died in 1971. He was “only” 74, but he seemed ancient to me. I was twelve years old. My memories are hazy and might better be called impressions. My grandfather wasn’t really…
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You Can’t Go Home Again

“You can’t go home again.” I’ve never read Thomas Wolfe and doubt I could answer a single a Jeopardy question about him. Nonetheless, his saying (book title, actually) rings true. When I told my dad, many years ago, that we…
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Adventures in Foot Washing

Nineteen years ago we started washing feet at our Maundy Thursday worship service. This isn’t so much a “success story,” more of a “how my mind has changed.” In that way, perhaps it is a success. When we first suggested…