Monthly Archives: April 2010

An antidote for the old ennui

An antidote for “the old ennui”* is to hop on a bicycle and ride for 67 miles. Ah, accomplishment and exhaustion. A good pairing. The last 43 miles were the hardest. Reading the Wilmington, DE News-Journal online this morning, I discovered that a guy I know is running for the US Senate, against Mike Castle. […]

The “M” Word

That word came up again in conversation yesterday. I’m at the final day of a three-day meeting of Project Connect “Key Leaders.” Project Connect is an exciting and important effort, funded by the Lilly Foundation, among the 21 ELCA Synods in the eastern strip of the country, to increase talk among 18-30 year olds about […]

Fashion Dilemma

It’s such a dilemma. When should I stop wearing my black Chucks for the season, and begin wearing my white pair? I know, I know: the rule is to wait until Memorial Day to wear white shoes.  But that seems awfully limiting, when the shoes are Chucks.  Do you mean that I must keep my white […]

The Day After

The day after Easter. I slept until 6:38 this morning, and stayed in bed until after 7:00! Whoa. I can’t remember the last time I was so lethargic in the morning. (I know, I know: this will seem very sad to most people …) I’m beginning a week of collapse, er, vacation, and, this morning, […]


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who in dying has destroyed […]

Nine Years

April 1, 2001 was a Sunday. I woke up in a spare bedroom in Patty’s parents’ house (where I would live until my family joined me in mid-June), took a shower, and went to work on my first day as the pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Since it was April Fool’s Day I thought, […]