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The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad

A Strong Sense of Place

Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

January 05, 1997

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

The morning of my father's funeral, my sister and I went on a mission. We drove two miles south of town to the farm where we grew up. Our parents had retired from farming several years before, but we still thought of it as "our farm" ~ even though we never owned the land. (We still had memories of dad convincing us to help weed the soybean fields ~ after all, what if the farm manager happened to drive by? What if he came for a surprise visit and found the bean fields filled with milkweeds? Surely we would be kicked off the farm. And so we weeded.)

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The Rev. Dr. Douglas Oldenburg

Do Not Be Afraid

Luke 2:8-14

December 22, 1996

The Rev. Dr. Douglas Oldenburg (PCUSA)

Some sixty years ago, the great German theologian, Karl Barth, made a statement about Christmas that has puzzled me. He said, "Christmas without fear carries with it fear without Christmas." As far as I know he never explained what he meant by that statement, but left it to the reader to reflect on, to puzzle over, to probe and penetrate its meaning.

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