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About Allen

Child of God, husband, father of two brilliant daughters, pastor and recent dmin graduate at George Fox University near Portland OR. My spiritual home is in the North American Lutheran Church, where I am currently between positions and upgrading my landscaping and home repair skills. "diakonia" (pronounced "dee-ak-on-ee'-ah") is a word found in the Greek New Testament used to describe (variously) either a specific kind to help any people in need, or a more general serving at table or the distribution of financial resources. In Acts 6, Stephen and others are chosen to serve the early Christian community there in Jerusalem, and the Church has had a "deaconate" in one form or another ever since. I've given my blog this title as a reminder that our faith is lived out where our faith and our service intersect.

Where’s Waldo? Where’s Jesus

Where’s Waldo? Have you ever asked, “Where’s Waldo?” It’s a fun children’s puzzle game in which you try to find the Waldo figure somewhere in the middle of a picture. What makes finding Waldo a challenge? He’s usually buried in a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Every fall, I go a little crazy. Just a little, mind you. We have a big, beautiful tree in our front yard that provides wonderful shade to the west side of our house. Throughout the year I rake up the … Continue reading

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A Blue Christmas

Joy and Pain The little boy toddle-ran across the family room after spotting his favorite blankie in the corner. Just before he got there, though, he tripped and fell hard. Usually one to catch himself with his hands, this time the 16 month old … Continue reading

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Listening for Advent’s Promises – Hope

This season before Christmas we’re focusing on the theme Listening for the Promise. Each week, we’ll explore different promises associated with Advent. Our readings this week speak of God’s promise of hope, and of what it means to live with … Continue reading

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Listening for Advent’s Promises – Jesus is Coming!

This season before Christmas we’re focusing on the theme Listening for the Promises. Each week, we’ll explore a different aspect of the promises God gives us surrounding the birth of Jesus. Our readings this week speak of a promise, and … Continue reading

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How Do We Live with Dying?

Do you have a “bucket list?” What’s on your bucket list? Country singer Tim McGraw sings about one such a list in his song, Live Like You Were Dying. It’s full of fun things like skydiving and bull riding and … Continue reading

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God of Refuge, God of Strength

Choosing a “Base” I enjoy watching my younger daughter, Amy, on the playground at the park or in our backyard. She loves to play chase and hide and go seek with her cousins or with new friends she makes at … Continue reading

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