Reforming the church in crisis

Our times are much like the first century church, and also like the time of Martin Luther — a time of great crisis for the church. As pastors, we are now being invited, encouraged, to go to “Change or Die” conferences. This week’s theme in our celebration of 500 years of the Reformation is “Other […]

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Where is God when we suffer?

Where is God when we suffer? In the movie “The Shack,” the main character is in great pain at the murder of his little daughter. He receives a letter inviting him to come back to the place where she was killed. There he met three very unusual people — an older, black women playing God […]

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Ascension Sunday. 40 days after the resurrection. From the Creed, “And he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God.” It’s the day the present Lord became absent. And we were left behind. Maybe that’s why it’s the most forgotten feast day in the church year. Who wants to celebrate being […]

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Faith journey when it’s really hard

As a Christian, I firmly believe that God is here for his children, namely, you and me. This morning I’ve been asked to focus on my faith journey. My remarks this morning relate more to the reading you heard earlier. The question in 1 Peter 3:14 pertains, “Who will harm you if you are eager […]

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His kingdom will have no end

On the day before Easter, because it was my turn to do the liturgy, I was reviewing everything for the Easter services. I wanted to make sure that I had everything in my head, and ready to go! Each high festival Sunday, like Christmas and Easter, we use the Nicene Creed. The other 99% of […]

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What’s your bottom-line hope?

You know the guy. The one with the rainbow wig at football games. He’s holding a John 3:16 sign. If folks have committed to memory any verse of Scripture, chances are it’s this one. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, […]

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What is it about the cross that makes people whisper? Pastor Ed Markquart traveled with members of his congregation to the Holy Lands. What he remembers most was what happened when the group visited Golgotha. Everyone spoke in hushed whispers, even though they were outside! Even though it was a beautiful day! Even though there […]

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