Bob Hulteen

Are you in the picture?

By Bob Hulteen Do you remember the first piece of art that so moved you that you couldn’t stop thinking about it for days? Do you know why you were so affected? I remember my first encounter with “The Census at Bethlehem” by Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Brueghel the Elder in my art history class [...]

Remembering is what we do

By Bob Hulteen His name was Hailu Degaga. A black, snaking bicycle cable secures a ghost bike to a stop sign kitty corner from my house. It’s where the 73-year-old Mr. Degaga was the casualty of a car-bicycle accident a year ago on July 7, only blocks from his apartment. A young woman, perhaps his [...]

Faith without formation is dead

By Bob Hulteen Breathless, LonRay found me sweeping the porch of my Washington, D.C., rowhouse. “They set out all of Mr. and Mrs. Grant’s belongings on the street,” he yelled from the sidewalk. So, together we ran up 13th Street for a block-and-a-half and, turning left, saw the lives of this 80-year-old couple spread across [...]

2018-12-10T08:27:01-05:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

For All My Relations

By Bob Hulteen “In the beginning, God created … “ What a profound context we reside in – God’s creation. And we are all “the created,” siblings directly with all people, but related as well to all living things. We are all of the stuff that God brought into existence, from igneous rock to sperm [...]

2018-11-12T13:35:50-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It looks different from here

By Bob Hulteen Last Sunday I walked downstairs to retrieve the StarTribune from my front porch. Now, I hadn’t yet had coffee, which friends will acknowledge makes me potentially homicidal. Add to that a forecast for another day above 90 degrees and you will appreciate my mood. As I unwrapped the rubber band from the [...]

2018-07-18T12:23:22-05:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

$47,000 … and change

By Bob Hulteen Indulge me a proud dad moment, if you will. My older daughter Korla Masters (who is getting ready to do her seminary internship in St. Paul this fall) related a story from last week, as we drove up to the Twin Cities from St. Louis this weekend. Last week, the Presbyterian Church [...]

Can the empire strike back?

By Bob Hulteen I loved the red-letter edition of the Bible growing up. Now, it so happened that the Bible my folks gave me also had a red cover, but that’s not why I loved the red print. No, it’s because I was really only interested in Jesus. Now, I also loved Captain America and [...]

No More Politics in the Pulpit, … Perhaps

By Bob Hulteen My funny bone praises God for the dry (and sometimes not-so-dry) humor provided by The Onion, a news source that has its fingers on the pulse of American culture. Staff writers take dry news stories and bring them to life, much like the Valley of the Dry Bones. As a comic book [...]

For What Do We Give Thanks?

As I opened the over-sized cardboard box, I first noticed an ancient-looking coloring book page with pastel markings of a bunny and an egg. But the next level of excavation in this container my aunt had dutifully kept for decades yielded an advertisement carefully cut out of a magazine when I was likely still in [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:53-05:00November 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Drink and Swear

By Bob Hulteen, Director of Communications and Stewardship Since I am now an ardent advocate of nonviolence, many readers who know me might be surprised to find out that I was often in fist fights during the three-block walk home from my elementary school. (It might be more accurate to say that I often lost [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:54-05:00November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |