Ash Wednesday, because Tuesday was too Fun

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

What is Love?

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?

Pastor-Phobia

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

American’t

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

Retiring the Reformation

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

The Edge of Glory

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

Not Seeing the Substance for the Style

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. ….  If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question … More Not Seeing the Substance for the Style