Kneeling During Lent

On Sunday at the closing of our Sunday School ministry – a gathering of all the children's Sunday School classes we call "Closing Devotion" – I talked with the kids about bending down. It was the First Sunday in Lent, and I used this ocassion to talk about what our Lord Jesus does in relationshipContinue reading “Kneeling During Lent”

The Kingdom of God is like Two Target Gift Cards

Lectionary 17 (9th Sunday after Pentecost)Genesis 18:20-32; Luke 11:1-13Sunday, July 25, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. I was out shopping with my girls the other night.  They each received for their birthdays a great gift, one they couldn’t quite quantify –Continue reading “The Kingdom of God is like Two Target Gift Cards”

Funerals: For the Living or for the Dead?

"Funerals are not for the dead, but for the living." That's a popular sentiment, and one which I've uttered many times.  After all, at the funeral we speak words of comfort to those who are mourning, and words of hope to the living that death is not the end of the story but simply oneContinue reading “Funerals: For the Living or for the Dead?”

Martin Luther on Prayer

In a letter to his barber, Martin Luther recommends that Christians pray the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed and Lord’s Prayer.  Yet beyond reciting these traditional texts, he suggests that after each line or phrase of these texts we meditate upon them in a “four-fold garland” method of praying: Instruction: seek what these words have toContinue reading “Martin Luther on Prayer”