Pastor's Note

Dear Friends in Christ at Redeemer,
It happens more often than I’d like—I finish a conversation, an event, even a worship service and I think of things afterward that I really should have said or done.  On Wednesday, Aaron and I taped a dandy worship service—including children’s message—that will be available on our website ( beginning Saturday at 5pm. But yesterday, I kept thinking of two more things I’ve wished I’d said. I call these “leftovers”:
1. “Eat anything.” Well . . .  The point of Matthew 15: 10-11 is really that nothing we choose to put in our mouth proves our purity or goodness to God. At the same time, we really should be very careful about what we eat for reasons of our health.  Eating is not a purity thing, but it is a stewardship thing. And American Christians have notoriously bad rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. God gifted us with a body and gave us the responsibility to care for it. We make good choices around eating out of respect for ourselves and for God.  (At the same time, food addiction is real and many eat/don’t eat because of significant trauma-related eating disorders that are extremely serious and need medical and therapeutic interventions.) See:, And last, there is the systemic problem of lack of access to healthy, affordable food. We at Redeemer have been working on that problem in our neighborhood for many years.
2. He called her a DOG!  Later in Matthew 15, Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman who pleads with Jesus to help her; her daughter is possessed by a demon.  Since she is not of the house of Israel, Jesus first ignores her and then insist that he wasn’t sent to help people like her. He compares her to a dog begging for food. I think even in our time and place, we understand being called a “dog” as insulting.  The teenage boys in my small town called me and other girls “dogs” as a way of pointing out our ugliness. Ugh. Dogs in Jesus’ culture were not pets, were not treasured as some parts of American culture now nearly revere dogs. Don’t even get me started on Titus the Church Dog. As I type this, he’s curled up nearby; he spent most of the early months of the pandemic warming David’s feet.  So often people with just a nodding acquaintance will assert that D-O-G spelled backwards is G-O-D.  Um, okay, and L-I-V-E spelled backwards is E-V-I-L, though I never say that back.  Anyway, it is really significant that Jesus was that unpleasant with the Canaanite woman, and that she was able to answer back in a way that secured both his healing , blessing, and new understanding of his mission is . . . quite amazing.
3. This is the last Pastor’s Note Aris will publish Over 5 years’ time, she has taken my musings, my goofy attempts at humor, sometimes my really hard news, and made them presentable for all of you. She was the first familiar person I saw in a sea of detectives and police tape that surrounded Johnny’s murder scene on March 29, 2019.  I very nearly bummed a cigarette and smoked alongside her that day. She’s been a rock, a trusted sounding board, someone who knows me thoroughly and could no doubt write a book about her time at Redeemer. I will miss her terribly. And I rejoice that she moves to a position that advances her professionally and personally. She’ll be reading emails at a few more hours if you’d like to share your appreciation.
4. Redeemer Rooftop site of prayer as Democratic National Convention begins!  A group of Milwaukee Interfaith leaders will climb to the rooftop next to our solar panels for a time of prayer for the challenges and opportunities Milwaukee faces as the next election nears. Did you know that Dorothy’s dad Frank Zeidler appeared on the U.S. Ballot for President back in 1976?
Ok, ok, I can tell you are FULL!
Peace be with you,
Pastor Lisa

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