Kurt’s Blog

One Christian’s Tango with Wine

Over the years, the miracle that is called wine has become woven into the fabric of my Christian calling. Wine is truly unique, both divine and human. At its best – and when consumed properly – it can be a honeyed elixir that soothes our spirit after a long day. For me personally, wine is […]

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Thanksgiving – A Time for Family, Food and Good Wine

For me, what is most special about the Thanksgiving holiday season is the tradition of coming together for a celebration of cooking, laughter, and sharing in our familial traditions that include eating copious amounts of food and afterwards engaging in a game of football.    Thanksgiving day is a rare and special occasion in that […]

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The Stomping of Grapes and The Power of Imagery

The inspired scribes of the Bible understood the sheer power of the use of imagery as they instruct us in the entire gamut of life – birth, sickness, health, romance, hope, despair, vocation, death, damnation, resurrection. More often than not they utilized wine or the vineyard as an appropriate, image, symbol, or metaphor.   For example, […]

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The Power of Wine as Imagery

New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman reminds us that art provides us with clues about how to live our lives more fully. The inspired scribes of the books of the Bible were of course artists in their own right, employing the vivid imagery of the vineyard as instruction for the entire gamut of […]

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Wine and the Clarity of our Christian Faith

For those of us who like wine there are two types of wine drinkers.  No,   I am not talking about red-white, box-bottle, cork-screw cap, but rather,  Old World and New World.  For example if you prefer your wine to come from France, Italy, Germany or Spain you are a fan of the Old World.   However, […]

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Wine and Money

I find it fascinating that the wine world is a microcosm of all that is good and bad of our global economy.  During Harvest season in Napa, thousands of Mexican workers are camped everywhere, just out of the tourists’ sight in stark contrast to the limousines that cruise up and down Highway 29, transporting guests […]

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Wine and the Word: A Father / Daughter Interview

Dr. Kurt Senske, CEO of Lutheran Social Services for almost 20 years, is the author of four books, including his latest,Wine and the Word: Savor & Serve, available June 1, 2014. In recent months, Dr. Senske has traveled to numerous speaking engagements to promote his new book – [important note: all profits go to LSS*] – […]

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Filling Our Glass Half Way

When you drink wine, especially a fine red wine, it is recommended that you only fill the glass half way.  This leaves room for you to swirl the liquid and allow the oxygen to enhance the aroma and flavor which adds to the integration.  It drives me crazy when a waiter will carelessly fill my […]

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What is Your Varietal Character?

For me, the subject of wine can be effectively utilized as an appropriate metaphor for living the Christian life.  For example, one way to judge a wine is by its distinct varietal character. When a wine that has been made from a single variety of grape, a cabernet for example, presents its inherent grape aromas […]

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Wine – Uniquely Divine and Human

Wine is unique in that it is both divine and human.  Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, was the liberating god of wine and mad religious ecstasy in early Greek and Roman society. Some conjure that the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding of Cana was to signify that an even greater […]

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