Blogs of the ELCA

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Faith Lens on Summer Hiatus

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Posted on June 9, 2014 by faithlens

Don’t despair! Faith Lens is just taking a summer hiatus.  It will be back in the fall with a new look and location.   The next posting will be on September 2 for the gospel lesson which accompanies the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 7).         When Faith Lens returns it will […]

June 8, 2014–Just Breathe

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Posted on June 3, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed byAaron Matson, Waterton, SD   Warm-up Question Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you (literally or figuratively) or felt like you could not breathe? Just Breathe I suffered from asthma through childhood. While my case was not as severe as some others, there were times when I could not breathe, and […]

“Peace Process” or not, Israeli Occupation Grinds On

from Peace Not Walls
Posted on May 28, 2014 by Robert Smith

During the past two weeks, two events have caught the attention of the international community: the shooting deaths of two teenage protesters in Beitunia and the destruction of thousands of fruit trees on a farm south of Bethlehem. The Nassar family has endured years of harassment by Israeli authorities and set up a retreat center […]

June 1, 2014–Last Words

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Posted on May 27, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Bob Chell, Brookings, SD   Warm-up Question 1)      “Last words” can convey rage, love or meaning. If you knew your life were ending and you wanted to convey your deepest insight about life to guide and inspire others what would you say?  Last Words A recent news article noted that the last words […]

May 25, 2014–Can You Confirm That?

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Posted on May 20, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Paul Baglyos, St. Paul, MN   Warm-up Question Is seeing believing, or is it the other way around? Can You Confirm That? Psychologists use the term “confirmation bias” to describe a behavior common to all people: the way we perceive and interpret information depends upon and tends to confirm what we already believe.  […]

May 18, 2014–Keep the Secret

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Posted on May 13, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Seth Moland-Kovash, Palatine, IL Warm-up Question Who are the people you trust most? Keep the Secret The effort to keep those who know too much quiet is a common theme in books, television, and movies. From gangster movies to Cold War spy novels to fantasy dramas, secrets must be kept at any cost. […]

May 11, 2014–Which Voice Do You Listen To?

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Posted on May 6, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Jay McDivett, Waukesha, WI   Warm-up Question How do you know who you should listen to in a world full of sounds and voices? What voices matter or mean more than others? Which Voice Do You Listen To? On Tuesday, April 29, Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers NBA team, was […]

May 4, 2014–Something About the Face

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Posted on April 29, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Scott Moore, Erfurt, Germany   Warm-up Question What is the first thing you notice about someone else? Something About the Face Both Facebook and the FBI are working very hard to develop current face recognition software to be able to perfectly identify any person with just a picture of their face. Face recognition […]

April 27, 2014–Confused, Scared, and Depressed

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Posted on April 22, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Brian Hiortdahl, Overland Park, KS   Warm-up Question What scares you? Confused, Scared, and Depressed Alex Hribal, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, sits in custody after a recent rampage during which he stabbed multiple people at his school with kitchen knives.  Hribal’s attorney describes him as “confused, scared, […]

April 20, 2014–Quakes of Fear and Joy

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Bryan Jaster, Winchester, VA   Warm-up Question Have you ever been in an earthquake?  Where were you and what happened? Quakes of Fear and Joy On April 1st, 2014, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast shook Chile.  The next day a 7.6 magnitude struck the region.  Landslides, power outages, collapsed buildings, and […]