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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dirty Dozen III- Must We Have an Enemy?

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jun 30

If  fear has mastered us we must have an enemy. Fear needs to focus our attention on anything but itself. FDR’s famous line, “We have nothing to fear but fear […]

Dirty Dozen- Part II

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jun 29

Shame and guilt are closely associated for most of us. For me, shame is about who we are, guilt is about what we do. If shame is about being less […]

A Destructive Dirty Dozen

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jun 29

For some reason -or maybe no real reason- we think of some sins as worse than others. As an evolving species we have placed many meanings on sin that simply […]

Death and Life

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jun 27

We miss some of the meaning of a text whenever we translate from another language. This Sunday, for instance, there were two different words involved in the ideas of death […]

What’s the target?

By Pastor Phil Konz | Jun 23

Languages develop from primitive concrete items and images.  The imagery behind “sin” is “missing the mark”.  The word “Torah”, often translated as Law, has the imagery of arrow or direction.  […]