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Deb Mechler

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Elephantine Grace

by Deb Mechler “Who is this who even forgives sins?”  And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7.49b-50 I know that this weekend is filled with tension for Reformed Church people. How…
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A Question in the Wilderness

by Deb Mechler As I approached my departure from parish ministry, people were curious. They asked me what I will do next. It seemed easiest to tell them that I was taking a couple of months’ sabbatical, a break from…
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Changing Out of My Pastor Clothes

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he…
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Baptismal River on Trinity Sunday

by Deb Mechler Once I stayed overnight in Omaha, Nebraska, because my flight got in late, and I don’t trust myself to drive the three-hour trip home when I am tired. I decided to take my morning walk over the…
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Notre Dame on Pentecost

by Deb Mechler My favorite subject in high school was French. I lived in rural northern Iowa, where small schools dotted the landscape in the same way small farms did. Every school was required to offer a foreign language, regardless…
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Once (and) For All

by Deb Mechler Jesus’ disciples met with him one last time before he was taken up into heaven. Even though Jesus had explained the distinct characteristics of the reign of God to them over and over, they persisted in asking…