Remembering 9/11 – Lost and Found

The fifteen year anniversary of 9/11 causes me to remember how I was a young pastor that struggled to find words to place this attack into any sort of narrative that made sense to me. I was in the third month of being the new pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, New York.... Continue Reading →


Truth Telling in Community

Telling the truth in a community involves a vulnerability that not everyone is comfortable exposing. I enjoy telling the truth when I have good news to share. When I have bad news, I am fearful of how the bad news will be received. I believe we will be a stronger community when we can share... Continue Reading →

Promise Making and Keeping are the Stud Walls of Community

This month we continue our look at practices that cultivate and sustain community. Last month I wrote about the importance of enacting the practice of gratitude. This month I encourage us to live into our community with the practice of making and keeping promises. I know I have become more cynical in my expectations for... Continue Reading →


Grateful Hearts

Christine Pohl, in her book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us, identified four practices that should be noticed and celebrated by congregations as they seek to live around the love of Jesus. I think it will be good for our community to get in the habit of noticing and celebrating the practices of... Continue Reading →


Living Into Community

Families are not perfect. Poor decisions can be made and other people respond poorly to the poor decisions. Without ever intending it, families can become broken. I also know that no congregation is perfect. A cycle of decisions can lead to wounds that just don’t seem to heal. A congregation can become like a broken... Continue Reading →


Suffering for Community

Mark 9:38-50 Proper 21 How much do we value community? I find in Mark 9 that Jesus struggles with his disciples understanding of community. He talks about the fracturing of community that is going on in the world when describes how the son of man will be handed over to men and killed. He then... Continue Reading →


Preaching as the Proclaimed Word–Day 5

Today the class session was only in the morning and yet was still intensive. We talked about the way that oral, literary, and electronic cultures shape the way the Word of God is shared. We used Walter Ong to frame the conversation. Oral Culture We utilize sound more than any other sense. From voice to... Continue Reading →


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