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Out Our Way: Waiting for a Chinook

Out our way, winter has hit and hit hard. I recall last year, in mid-October, the Alberta Clipper came and buried us and some folks were without power for several days. As I recall, we took “first place” in the National Weather Service poll of...

 

Pastor's Corner: Christmas - It's who you know

During the recent mid-term elections, I noticed an interesting political tactic: Question your opponent’s Montanan heritage. Here’s how it works: Candidate A was born and raised in Montana. He is a “local” and by virtue of his growing up in M...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

Look Lord, our first December snow! Snowmen appear, they’re big or small. Geese are V-ing south, snow kisses touch our mouth. Fluffy flakes afloat which lightly “dust” our coat. Eddies on the roof, blow a handful — poof! Drifting swirling sno...

 

Grief Poem - We're Missing One

Montana’s snow arrives again and blustery winds do howl. We dream we’re warm and snug inside, but hear our tummy growl.   We’re thankful for our comforter and snug in our warm house. Snow is forecast by gloomy gray which makes us miss our spou...

 

Out Our Way: God wears chaps

Out our way, there are different ways of herding cattle. I recall on one round up, Big Mike, the boss, brought some friends with four-wheeler quads to push the main herd and I suspect they managed some 200-plus head that day. But Mike knew that the...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, the word “terminal” sometimes causes a bit of a shock when we think about our own life — not that any of us really ever figured that we were going to live down here on earth forever. An interesting article had a graph of weeks f...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, this month — on the 22nd — the full moon is called the Beaver Moon and, according to folklore, that’s when the beavers become active while preparing for winter. A friend also mentioned that November’s full moon might also be...

 

Out Our Way: Losing weight

Out our way, winter is usually a time of less activity for both Doc and me. But it is not a time of less feed and by spring we both find we have trouble with cinch and belt. More than once, as I saddled up for that first ride in the spring, I found...

 

Out Our Way: Tov Shabbat

Out our way, one learns to take the time to do it right — and sometimes that means slowing down and tsking a rest. Charlie and I, if we were riding in rough country on a hot day, knew that now and then we needed to give Doc and Jet a rest if we...

 

Young and Faithful

Bass reverberates through the auditorium floor as a hipster worship leader wearing skinny jeans and a polo shirt pauses to invite the congregation, submersed in the light of two giant screens, to tweet using #JesusLives. The scent of freshly brewed...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, a recent devotional suggested that we be bold to intercede, asking on somebody’s behalf, for answer to their special needs and prayers, based not on our worthiness, but only on You, Lord. Residents in the “Pear Tree...

 

Out Our Way: The crying bull - 1 John 4:16

Out our way, Shakespeare isn’t often quoted — ’specially when pushing cattle — but I believe I may have uttered a quotation from Hamlet one day out on the Tiger Ridge. To wit: “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of...

 

Young and Faithful

Imagine for a moment a young person who you know personally. What would they find when they walk into your congregation? Is the worship time and location available and accurate? Is the entrance to the sanctuary easy to navigate? Is there someone ther...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, as we’re out and about enjoying lovely weather, we can’t help but notice that the season of autumn is changing. The weather is a bit chillier, snow might be on the near horizon, but meanwhile, we become aware of falling leaves...

 

Grief Poem - We're aging

With faltering steps and shaking hands, we’re thankful for clear mind. Some of our dear ones headed home, caretakers were so kind.   We’re blessed with friends with cheery smiles as we enjoy our tea. While there are some whose eyes grow dim, we...

 

Out Our Way: It's not if but when - 2Corinthians 12:7-10

Out our way, it's not unusual to see fellow riders in the doctor's office or hospital. My doctor, who is a horseman himself, got a chuckle the last time I was in with sprained ribs. "Doc toss you...

 

Young and Faithful - Why I am a Christian

"You are a young pastor so you will bring young people to the church." As a young pastor, I have heard this line again and again. And to be honest, it usually makes me cringe a little because I do...

 

Hello, God, It's me, Mara - November

You know, Lord, November has sneaked right in! Time sure does seem to fly around here - that's what a host of friends say. Looking out the window or taking a walk, one can't help but notice the...

 

Out Our Way: Spiritual groundwork

Out our way, it was always a thrill to saddle up and ride with ole “Doc.” Goliath, as was his real name, was a majestic horse, 16½ hands high, 1,200 pounds — and my buddy. When it was time to ride, I went out into the pasture with his halter...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, sharing some Christian One Liners is fun. Authors are unknown but here are a few: 1. Don’t let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. 2. It’s easier to preach 10 sermons than it is to live...

 

On Theology and the Christian Life - The Reformation: A Brief History

We were last left warming our hands over the fire of burnt papal decrees, canon law, and the bull, “Exsurge Domine,” which called for Martin Luther’s recantation and excommunication. The year was 1520. Almost two decades after this climatic...

 

Out Our Way: More hands needed - Matthew 9:35-38

Out our way, many ranchers have more than one pasture to prevent over grazing. We move the herd from the pasture they have been grazing all summer long down the valley to the winter pasture where the grass has had a chance to recover from last year...

 

On Theology and the Christian Life The Reformation: A Brief History - Exsurge Domine, by Martin Luther (1545)

When last Luther left us, dear Christian reader, he told of the Leipzig Debate of 1519. There, he spoke in more definite terms with regard to the authority of the Roman pontiff — or the lack thereof, as the case had it. Though not by name, Luther...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, we live in an incredible world. Depending on where one lives, some folks get to view the majesty of mountain peaks, it takes our breath away. Looking out into space is humbling — to us with our small minds, it seems it could go on f...

 

Pastor's Corner: What is truth

As seen on a church reader board a number of years ago: “What is truth? Ask God — She has the answer.” Can you imagine the stir that created. While no one asked the person who put it up what was behind it, there was talk about God and the sign...

 

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