A Myth of Serving in a Church – You are in Control

My sinful framework for navigating my days is built on the assumption that if I have enough information and share enough information I will remain in control. Of course, plenty of days this worldview is shattered by the reality that I will never know enough and that knowing something doesn't mean I have the power... Continue Reading →


Handling Plans that Fail

Job answered the LORD and said, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). How do you respond to plans that have been thwarted? I become deflated when I have a plan written in my mind how events will develop and someone opposes, defeats,... Continue Reading →

Flipping Through the Hymnal

The hymns and songs of the church help me understand the timeline of the year. When I flip through the pages of the Lutheran Service Book, I notice the different sections of hymns. The hymnal is not organized in a progression of hymns from favorites towards clunkers. Organizing a hymnal from favorites towards disappointments would... Continue Reading →

Sharing Easter

On April 16 we celebrate Easter, the Festival of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This festival is the chief celebration of our Christian lives. Everything we do as the people of God circles around the promises of God revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus. God has called us to proclaim the... Continue Reading →

Why I am Lutheran

Why Should I Be a Lutheran? I know that some of you know my heritage in the Lutheran church. My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all pastors. You may think that my blood flows with little lutheran seals imprinted on my red blood cells. I have every reason to claim my identity in the Lutheran church... Continue Reading →

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