Advent is Coming

St. Andrew's Day determines the beginning of Advent. The Sunday nearest is always the First Sunday in Advent. If November 30 falls on a Monday through Wednesday, then Advent begins the Sunday preceding. If November 30 falls on a Thursday through Saturday, then Advent begins the Sunday following. In 2018, St. Andrew's Day is on... Continue Reading →


I hope Goodness and mercy shall follow me

Albert Einstein asked about the universe: Is the universe a friendly place? Is it full of wonderful things waiting for us to claim them and enjoy them? Or do we have to fight and struggle for everything we need to make our lives feel fulfilled? I wonder how this question works as a sounding board... Continue Reading →

Rejoice and Be Glad

Today the school year begins at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Birmingham, Michigan. The theme for this school year is "Blessed are you, rejoice and be glad. Matthew 5:3-12." At 8am the children lined up outside prepared to enter the school doors for the adventure of this school year. Mrs. McLoughlin said to excited rows... Continue Reading →

Welcome and Grace

"Therefore welcome one another," Paul says, "as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God" (Romans 15:7). We have been welcomed into the kingdom of God by Jesus. No pretension is necessary with Jesus. He knows our sin and still welcomes us. As a matter of fact, it is through being vulnerable with Jesus... Continue Reading →

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