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North Hollywood, CA 91602

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July 11, 2018

If you have followed me on Facebook, you will know that over the past 10 days, I, together with our daughter Hannah, participated in two public actions in opposition to our government’s unjust immigration policy.

The first happened on the morning of Tuesday, June 26.  A...

January 29, 2017

Will I lose my dignity?
Will someone care?
Will I wake tomorrow
From this nightmare?

These are the lyrics of the song “Will I” from the well-known musical “Rent” that is touring and playing at the Pantages right now—and that I got to see last night.  They are the words...

January 23, 2017

Last Thursday morning I went to visit the Islamic Center of Southern California on Vermont Avenue for the 3rd time in as many weeks.  This time I went to participate in a press conference to speak briefly about how our regional Lutheran churches and our synod are engag...

January 15, 2017

The first funeral that I conducted as a pastor was for a parakeet named Tweetie Bird.  It wasn’t the first pet funeral I had ever presided over---I had done plenty of that as a child beginning at the age of 5, solemnly burying and praying over the eventually deceased g...

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!  I decided to preach about repentance today—to which we react as if repentance were a dirty word.  So to make my sermon more palatable, I thought I would start with an unrelated Biblical joke that a young parishioner of mine told me a few years ago.  Qu...

December 25, 2016

The rain had been falling steadily for hours when Jason got off work at the Eclectic Bar and Grill, and dashed to the bus stop a block and a half down Lankershim Avenue.  The Eclectic had stayed open even though it was Christmas Eve….not for diners as much as for the p...

December 25, 2016

Christmas Eve 2016: God’s Antidote

I want to start with a song: "Have yourself a merry little Christmas….." but wait.   Before we get to the “merry” part, I think we have first to name some  truths about this past year that can be summed up in the statement: 2016 has be...

December 12, 2016

   This is a bad news/good news sermon.  First the bad news. Earlier this week an acquaintance of mine, someone I worked with several years ago, posted on Facebook that it felt to her that while everyone else she knew was scurrying around hanging up bright lights and m...

December 4, 2016

The most Biblically faithful Christian movie of all time was made by an anti-Catholic, avowed Communist, gay Italian poet and filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Pasolini’s 1964 masterpiece called the “Gospel According to St. Matthew” follows closely the Biblical text of t...

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