Author Archives: Lutheran Zephyr

About Lutheran Zephyr

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.

EVERYTHING WILL BE GIVEN!!!

Seen today: disses my beloved East Coast, but whatever. a Pew Research Center study showed that only about 17% of Americans attend religious services on a weekly basis; thus, most Colts fans aren’t rushing home from church to watch the … Continue reading

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Soccer and school and Holy Week

Wall Street pauses for Good Friday, but little else does. The Body of Christ, and not the broader culture, is what shapes us for Christian living. Continue reading

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On Angels and Devils

I’ve been working on Christmas sermons and chasing references about angels throughout my Bible. Seeing few references to wings and flight. Or to halos. Or to sweet singing. Apart from apocalyptic literature (Daniel, Revelation), it is rare in Biblical storytelling … Continue reading

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7+ Years In, Preaching Anew

More than 7 years into ordained ministry, and 19 years since I first entered seminary, I have renewed my practice of preaching – both delivering and preparing the sermon. I had always preached with a manuscript Most of these manuscripts were … Continue reading

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Running as an Easter Spiritual Disicpline

If running doesn’t yet have a feast day on the church year calendar, Easter should be the Feast Day of Running. The Easter account tells of running – running to and from the tomb – in three of the four Gospels. … Continue reading

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Settling In

I’ll admit to a rush of emotions as we turn the calendar today to March 1. As of today, we will have lived in our current home longer than we’ve lived anywhere else in our 13+ year marriage – 2 years, 7 … Continue reading

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Holy Books and Violent Texts

“Come in and kill them. Let no one escape.” Such is a verse found in a book sacred to billions of religious people in the world. It’s not the only text of violence in this holy book. Indeed, there’s lots of violence in it. … Continue reading

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