Advent Traditions Can Help Us Slow Down and Get Ready

Every year the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day seems to go very fast for me. I know the advice when life gets going too fast is to slow down and enjoy the moments. How can I slow down when there is so much that needs to get done? A good way for me... Continue Reading →


Sermon from 1st Sunday after Christmas

A study in Joseph’s movement through Law and Gospel Love of God in free service to neighbor Obedience in suffering Intro the scene: Today we continue the celebrations of Christmas as we become witnesses to the reality that Joseph raised this holy child in a world which provides grave threats to the child born to... Continue Reading →

Advent waiting

Advent is an ancient custom of the church. It is a time of waiting and anticipation. During this time we are invited in the readings from Isaiah to remember the Old Testament waiting for the messiah to come to rescue God's people. We also find ourselves joining with Christians around the world as we eagerly... Continue Reading →


Come, let us adore Him.

+ In Nomine Jesu + Christmas 2012 "No gimmicks!" The story is well-known but it is not worn out. Someone at the bank asked if I was worried about preaching something exciting for all the visitors at Christmas time. I answered no. I want to share with you that I am certain my confidence is... Continue Reading →



This Sunday at St. Paul in Hamburg our Sunday school children will help tell the Christmas story. The annual Christmas program by the children is a highlight for my Christmas preparations. I love the hard work that my wife, along with so many wonderful people at our congregation, puts into teaching the kids the story ... Continue Reading →


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