Author Archives: evask50

About evask50

I am a spiritual director, ordained minister, and retreat leader.

Staying connected

I am, like so many of you, disheartened by the steady stream of bad news coming out of Washington- of wrong decisions being made by people in power that detrimentally hurt the majority of the population. I will continue to … Continue reading

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Inside Out by Rev. Jolene Bergstrom-Carlson

This is a word of hope for each of us who struggle with our sense of worth and value. Inside Out by Rev. Jolene Bergstrom-Carlson of Ministry Mentors

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Presence

I grew up without a sense of presence in my family, without feeling like I was known or seen or heard. Home wasn’t really a safe place. My family loved each other, but everyone was broken in their own way. … Continue reading

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Learning from Fear by Rev. Jolene Bergstrom-Carlson

This post is written by Rev. Jolene Bergstrom-Carlson the Executive Director/President of Ministry Mentors. This advent meditation deeply moved me and expressed so well what it is in my heart. It is a word for our times. Hope you will … Continue reading

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Sing One Heart’s Out

“I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you.” Psalm 144:9 When I was growing up, I was always singing. I enjoyed playing the 45 and 78 records on … Continue reading

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A Standing Applause Sermon

I found this to be a challenging and powerful word by Rev. Shannon J. Kirshner, at Fourth Presbyterian Church.  It was an engaging way to interact with the scripture passage. It is a word that the church at large needs … Continue reading

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Reflecting…

I have not written in a long while. Life has been full. However, I have yearned to take a few minutes to write what is on my heart once again. So here I am. I recently turned another year older. … Continue reading

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Religious Pain vs. Spiritual Pain

When I was in seminary 30 years ago,  Dr. Rev. John Weborg  was one of my professors. He was the professor of theology. He is a deeply reflective  speaker and teacher. His words were always profound and offered much substance. … Continue reading

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Living in a Kairos Moment

The ancient Greeks had two understandings of time. One was called Chronos referring to chronological time, and the other is known as Kairos time. Kairos refers to an opportune time, a time or season requiring action. It seems we are … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Gift of Pastors

Thanksgiving is a time to remember and to savor the gifts we have experienced in our lives. When looking closely they are too numerous to count. There are small things like a beautiful sunny day, listening to music that moves … Continue reading

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