Category Archives: Lutheran

Praying by Name for School Teachers and Staff

On Sunday my congregation prayed for the teachers and staff of our community’s schools. We prayed for them by name – overĀ 100 of them. I asked each student in my church to make a list of their teachers and their … Continue reading

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Why I Left the Revised Common Lectionary Behind

The RCL’s treatment of the Old Testament is almost criminal. And other problems. Continue reading

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Mormon Bashing

“‘All things are lawful,’” but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23 This week The Current in Westfield and The Current in Carmel included a 12-page “advertising supplement” … Continue reading

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Decline of What?

The church is in decline. Sure, I guess. But, what do you mean by that? Membership is down in many congregations. Average weekly attendance is down, too. They are down as compared to 1965. They are down as compared to … Continue reading

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Learning How to Give

You’d think it wouldn’t take much to learn how to give. Just reach into your pocket and give, right? Of course, if you’ve ever spent time in a preschool, you know that there is often a reluctance in giving and … Continue reading

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Creating Space for Communion Before Baptism

Who is welcome to receive Holy Communion? Are all invited to receive the sacrament? All baptized Christians? Or, all baptized Christians who believe that Christ is truly present in the sacrament? Variations on these three invitations can be found printed … Continue reading

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Fitness for Ministry

Today I begin resumeĀ a new journey, a journey of fitness for ministry. You see, I’m not fit for ministry. For the ministry of National Guard Chaplaincy, that is. On and off for the past several years I’ve been discerning service … Continue reading

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