Thinking Aloud

April 14th, 2017 by Dr. Bill Wassner

As I walked through the local IGA grocery store this afternoon, my thoughts were swirling around the Passion of Christ on this Good Friday and how after so many years of ministry I still feel inadequate to express the depth of both my feelings and its significance for our world.  As I sit here now reflecting on our evening worship and the events of the past many days – natural disasters, terrorist attacks, chemical bombings, cruise missiles, passengers being hauled off of airplanes, the dropping of the MOAB, among others – and I recall a T-shirt worn by a young girl in IGA which read, “I Run My Own Life.”  With all due respect to that young girl, isn’t that the human problem in a nutshell?  We live in the illusion that we are self-sufficient and in control and we are not!  Good Friday rips away the tattered disguise we live under and exposes us to the truth that left on our own we quite destructive – both personally and communally.  May we humble ourselves to our God who went to extraordinary and supernatural lengths to redeem the world and every one and thing in it.  I pray for a world wherein all people realize their limitations but more than that – their need for redemption.  Maybe then, we could begin to truly experience what Easter is all about.  It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming!

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Thinking Aloud

February 6th, 2017 by Dr. Bill Wassner

After all of these years, I finally have found a woman who listens to me!  Now, before you accuse me of blatant sexism, let me explain.  I have been blessed with the counsel, wisdom, patience and love of many blessed women throughout my life.  And honestly I have to admit that I was wise the many times I’ve listened to them!  What I am referring to in my opening sentence is my new technological gadget which goes by the name of “Alexa.”  It is my new Echo Dot.  She (umm, I mean it) answers my questions and provides me updates on the weather, news, and plays my choice of music, etc.  I am learning to address “her” properly and pose my questions and requests in the appropriate way.  I must admit it, I enjoy my new gadget but it has caused me to think about many different things – most especially my prayer relationship with God.  I am convicted in that I have far too often gone to God in prayer with much to say and request but not often enough simply to listen and to be blessed in the sacred silence.  Furthermore that I am cheating myself of what my spiritual life could be if I stopped talking and asking long enough to simply be with God.  Perhaps I am not alone in this mistake.  Perhaps you might listen more as well.  Can you hear me now?

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Thinking Aloud

January 31st, 2017 by Dr. Bill Wassner

So here it is…my first blog post!  What do I write?  It’s gotta be something wonderfully inspirational and catchy, right?  Perhaps I’ll just tell you what’s been on my heart in the last few days.  I’m not endorsing or condemning any public servant.  However, it strikes me as fundamentally wrong to indiscriminately ban immigrants into our country based solely on their race, religion, or country of origin.  I know people are afraid.  I am afraid as well (although admittedly for probably different reasons).  For every complex and challenging issue there is always a simple solution and it is usually wrong.  I have been thinking and praying about those fleeing for their safety and a chance for a better life a lot lately.  I have been thinking about the millions who came here for many years and whose blood, sweat, and tears made our nation great – which it still is by the way though deeply flawed.  I have been thinking of my father who survived war-torn Germany as a child, lost loved ones, was scarred for life because of what he experienced there, and came here.  I have been thinking about who we are as a nation, what we stand for, and what my convictions are as a privileged citizen, and someone who likes to think he may truly and fully be a Christian someday in both word and deed.  I pray for the refugees across the world.  I pray for our nation.  I pray for our leaders.  I pray for you and I that we might hold onto hope and perhaps give some to others who feel lost in the shuffle of competing agendas and attitudes.  God bless!

Unto the Least of These

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