Serial vs Self-Encapsulated Story

I enjoy binge watching shows through Amazon or Netflix. I bounce between liking shows that have a long story arc that the screenwriters spread across  several episodes and shows that self-encaspsulate a story into each episode. Recently I started watching a show that started as a spy show with each episode being self-contained. Slowly this show... 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 →

Going forward with trust

As Christians we go into the world connecting people to Jesus through a ministry that springs from God’s Word and His blessed Sacraments. When we connect people to Jesus, we find ourselves connected to one another and to opportunities to serve our neighbors. I trust that the Holy Spirit is at work in congregations preventing... Continue Reading →


Bridge Building to Eternal Life in Christ Jesus

The bridges we seek to build in our society will be empty if our message is only wrath and judgment or only mercy and forgiveness. I trust that when we share the both the Law and the Gospel we will find the Holy Spirit bringing people to faith in Jesus.


The Blessed Space of Prayer

When Solomon took the throne to lead God's people, he found himself in a dream hearing the voice of God. God told Solomon, "Ask what I shall give you." Solomon responded to this invitation by recalling that God had been generous with him in the past. This dream for Solomon became an opportunity for Solomon... Continue Reading →


Come and See–The Invitation of the Gospel

We started a journey through the gospel of Mark, with the Baptism of our Lord. But this Sunday we make a slight diversion over to the Gospel of John. It is helpful to see our “next day” text from John in the context of what has happened in the other days with Jesus. Because you... Continue Reading →


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