Do it now. Go say Thank You.

Larry House died last week. He was my first boss, hiring me for my first wear-a-shirt-and-tie-everyday job at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in the development office. I will be forever grateful that he took a chance on me, a young, not-ordained, 20-something fresh out of seminary with lots to learn. Larry was aContinue reading “Do it now. Go say Thank You.”

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 in the National Guard as a chaplain. [In a future post I’ll write more aboutContinue reading “Fitness for Ministry”

Worshiping Elsewhere

Yesterday with members of my church’s outreach committee I attended two churches for worship to experience how these churches welcome visitors and newcomers. One church was a campus of a large, multi-site evangelical church, and the other church was a large congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (my denomination). At the Lutheran church,Continue reading “Worshiping Elsewhere”

Our Church’s Life, Death, and Resurrection

I think that as people of faith who also love our church, our challenge is to believe the Easter message that out of death comes life, and that everything – even the church we love – dies and rises to new life with Christ.