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Time of Transition

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be in WaKeeney, KS to attend the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pastor Randy Gibbs’ ordination and then preach the following morning at St. John’s Lutheran, north of Ellis. It seemed so appropriate that my first public “gig” as Bishop-Elect would be in WaKeeney and Ellis since this is where I began my journey as a pastor. Who would have thought that this young (and I was young being one of those pipe-liners who went straight from college to seminary!) fresh out of seminary, thinking she knew so much more than she actually did, when in fact she had a lot to learn, would after all these years now be called to be the Bishop of the Central Sta