Listen Here: 2018-02-18; Trinity Lutheran Church—Edwardsville, IL; First Sunday in Lent; Genesis 22:1-18 There’s an iconic scene from the movie Princess Bride when the Farm Boy, Wesley, in an attempt to woo the Maiden, Buttercup, goes about every task she puts before him. After every request he simply responds, “As you wish.” Over time she realizes … More As You Wish, LORD
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.—Psalm 146:3 ESPN recently published an piece by Mina Kimes, entitled, “The Search for Aaron Rodgers.” It chronicles the mind behind the man, the quirks and dreams, the mechanical makeup of Aaron Rodgers. One quote of the famed athlete … More Put Not Your Trust In Entertainers
Take a moment to read this article. It’s one of many covering the story of a boy in the picture whose Lutheran (ELCA) parents are encouraging their son to live as their daughter. First, this is a story that doesn’t represent all Lutherans. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) believes in the Biblical mandate of … More Does God Love Transgender People?
Every Easter comes on the heals of St. Patrick’s Day superstore decor and with the fanfare of family celebration. Sometimes I wonder if it’s just an excuse to celebrate winter’s decline and party like the Energizer Bunny. Easter marks for too many a holiday vacation, and less of a holiday vocation. But if there is … More Easter, a Holiday Vocation
Ash Wednesday and our Lenten season is here! It is a penitential time, and I love it. Hopefully for you it means a time of listening and responding, a litany of hearing God’s Word and praying God’s Word. And prayerfully, your prayers, like mine, will be one of repentance and faith—confession and absolution. If you like to do … More Ash Wednesday, because Tuesday was too Fun
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. -1 John 4:10 “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more!” That’s the popular 1993, Haddaway question. The song goes on but never answers the question, “what … More What is Love?
The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, that is, unbelief (Matthew 12:31-32). This of course is an old, antiquated superstition. We all know that the true unforgivable sin is belief in Christ. In typical fashion BuzzFeed took to the internetz to dump on Christianity. But, you know, their hard hitting journalism really … More Pastor-Phobia
It’s the day after U.S. elections and the country seems stunned. The divisive campaigns are over (for now) and much work is in store for President-Elect Trump and elected officials across the nation. Evident is the genuine relief or incomprehensible tension that exists in the aftermath of it all. The tie that binds us as … More American’t
The Reformation’s 500th anniversary is next year. Preparations have already begun to celebrate this milestone of five centuries. Every week I seem to get one or two companies with Reformation travel packages for trips throughout Germany. Our church body has frequent publications, Concordia Publishing House has Reformation 500 products, gear, and even home furnishings. Our … More Retiring the Reformation
As a pastor I get a lot of junk mail, many pieces are conference fliers. I got to tell you, the theme of big box churches selling a panel of speakers seems endless. It appears inspiration, vision building, and revitalization are the factors I need to be a successful pastor. Is the Church depleted of glory, … More The Edge of Glory