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

Repeat Offender

I have a problem, I like familiarity, and it seems that the most of Christendom does too. However, this isn’t about being a homebody or always having toast for breakfast. We’re talking liturgy and lectionary. As St. Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).” God’s Word about our Savior testifies … More Repeat Offender

Liturgical Angelology

Angels are always a popular topic. They mystify, engage, and transform our perspectives on theology. When we think about angels the first thoughts that come to mind are heavenly creatures or an earthly guardian angel. This isn’t bad, but it’s limited. The study of angels, or angelology, has a place in theological scholarship and today you’ll find they also … More Liturgical Angelology

Who Am I?

Does it ever seem that life is a whirlwind of constant change? One moment is fleeting unto the next? Do you ever wonder who you are or maybe who you are supposed to be? What’s my purpose in this inconsistent, always new, twisty (and problematic) world? If tv shows are our source for answers we’d … More Who Am I?

No Other Way

We like to think that Jesus could have chosen another way to save the world. “He is God after all,” so goes the sincere sigh. But this is not quite right. Consider this. Satan saw the very good creation and chose the way of destruction. Satan saw Jesus fasting and chose to tempt him. Satan saw … More No Other Way

Why Closed Communion?

As a former Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) parishioner my advent into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) was marked by many questions about communion. What is this closed communion thing? Why can’t different denominations commune at an LCMS altar, and likewise, why cannot LCMS members commune at those altars of another church body? … More Why Closed Communion?