DNA in a Congregation

At the congregation I serve as the senior pastor, we are introducing our DNA statement. Our identity shaped by Jesus is radically better when we trust the Word of God to be the source and norm of our congregation. When we are shaped by Jesus, by His Word, and by His love, then we discover... 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 →

Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. I want to express my appreciation for those pastors that have helped shape my own ministry. I start a ways back. I appreciate the solid foundation of faith and family upon which my great-grandfather Henry Gaertner raised his family. He was ordained at Zion Lutheran Church in New Orleans in... Continue Reading →

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