I write a monthly article for my congregation's newsletter. I just wrote my October article today, focusing on the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. As I wrote it, I thought, "This might work well as a blog entry too." So here's an adapted version of it. For those of you who are in … Continue reading The Hope of the Reformation
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 14:15-21. A word of explanation: I always invite the "young and young at heart" forward for what I call "Story Time." I usually find a creative way to tell them the gospel story … Continue reading Never Abandoned
I have lived in a "parsonage" of sorts for my whole life, living in one way or another the life of a professional religious person. I spent my childhood literally in two parsonages, the son of a Lutheran Church in America (from 1988 on, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) pastor. I attended an ELCA-affiliated college … Continue reading An American Lutheran or a Lutheran American?