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Collateral Damage

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 20

It was an amazing argument. Two of my children were arguing heatedly about what the exact wording of a joke they heard on TV the night before. I had to step in and ask them if being right was worth losing the close relationship they had. So often we become fixated on one thing and […]

Weed Wars- Part 2

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 19

Jesus tells a parable about weeds growing in a field of wheat. Separating the wheat and the weeds has to wait until the harvest because uprooting weeds would also uproot the wheat. Today, of course, we would simply spray weed-killer on them. That may not hurt the wheat but I have to wonder what harm […]

Weed Wars

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 18

If a plant was hardy, easy to grow, good to eat, and produced a pretty flower and a playful spray of seeds, you would think it was a desirable plant. Unless it was a dandelion. Then it’s a weed. Or is it? We label something a weed for our own purposes. Most often the label […]

The Most Important Piece of the Puzzle

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 18

When I asked adults “what is the most important piece of a jig saw puzzle?” I received a variety of answers- the first piece, the corner piece, the last piece. None of them the answers I was looking for. When I asked the children, one of them immediately answered, “Technically, none of them.”  I asked […]

Rough Responses

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 13

Have you ever read a spiritual masterpiece and said to yourself, “I don’t get it.”? That’s OK. I’m convinced Jesus thought so, too. Spiritual teachings are not all even. That’s what the parable of the sower is all about. Even the “good soil” had eneven production from the seed it received. I freely admit that Psalms […]

Summertime Spirituality

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 13

Aah, summertime! Setting aside the occasional heat wave, summer is a time to enjoy the present,. Spring has the energy of new life just taking root. Fall has the gathering of reserves before the sleep of winter. Summer is nature in the fullness of life. Oddly enough, this presents a problem for many theologians. Motivating people to […]

What to do for the hardened path?

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 11

The first type of soil mentioned in the parable of the sower is the soil of the hardened path. Jesus explains that these are people who do not understand the word “then the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown on the path.” There is no condemnation in the language used to describe […]

Plans? What Plans?

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 11

Are we a fallen race or an evolving species? Are we trying to reconstruct a lost Paradise or to construct an envisioned future? I opt for the latter choice in both questions. The question I ask then is “who has the plans?” Whose vision of the future are we trying to bring into existence? The answer […]

Do We Need Enemies?

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 06

When I was a student pastor, I asked members of the congregation I was serving who they were. I heard many statements that included “we are not ____” and “we do not do ___”. When I clarified that I wanted to know who they were, not who they were not, the silence was profound. Do […]

Patriotism

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jul 06

Can you define who you are without comparing yourself to others? Can you say “I am good” – even “great”- without saying “I am better than”? When we can define who we are from our internal self-awareness, then we can take our place in a healthy way in the world. We move from competition to […]

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