Merry Christmas? Bah!

I must say this. I have to take a stand. As a Christian in this nation, I am increasingly upset every year. Each December, as I make my way through streets and stores, I hear holiday greetings. But never, never do I hear the name of the holiday I am celebrating. It's sickening. Oh sure, … Continue reading Merry Christmas? Bah!


Lots of science-fiction movies and television shows talk about "other dimensions." Most often, the word is used to mean a "parallel universe" or something like that. "There are aliens attacking us from another dimension!" Or, "That person looks just like you, but he has a goatee! He must be the 'you' from another dimension!" But … Continue reading Four

The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 13:1-8. I also referred to the other readings as well, Daniel 12:1-3 and Hebrews 10:11-25. When? When? When, O Lord, are the buildings going to fall? When are the wars you predict to come? When will nation rise … Continue reading The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

Life without Afterlife

Trigger warning: This post gets dark toward the end.  I am a Christian. I am, in fact, an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so I suppose that makes me a professional Christian. And yet, I find that I have a lot of trouble with one of the … Continue reading Life without Afterlife