Sharing our legacy

Sharing our legacy One Christmas in a moment of inspiration, Steve and I decided that the legacy we really wanted to leave to our kids could summed up in a few phrases. With that in mind, our gift to them that year was a piece of calligraphy with those nuggets of wisdom. I’m pretty sure […]

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High-flying geese and the church

Way back then, he looked so, so, so old. He waddled to the pulpit and all my fears of what seminary would be like were instantly intensified. But, this first chapel experience at Wartburg Theological Seminary would turn out to be one I would never forget. His voice cracked and his speech was extremely slow, […]

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King or servant?

NBA star Labron James calls himself “King” James and he calls his wife “the princess.” One of his opponents shot back, “we have a king,” implying, “it’s not you!” Do we in some ways call ourselves king or servant? Are we tempted (even if it means stepping on, somebody else, now and then) to think […]

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The stories we tell

We love to tell the stories… In short there’s simply not A more congenial spot For happ’ly ever-aftering Than here in Camelot. Camelot The story is based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Two themes are woven through it: Arthur’s dream of a peaceful world where “might serves […]

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Homecoming of all the saints

In just a very few years after Jesus was crucified, Christianity spread all over Europe, and to parts of Asia. These new believers were recognized as a potentially-powerful political force. This made the Emperor nervous. He ordered a “Pledge of Allegiance” from everybody. They were required to worship the emperor above all else. Not to […]

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The cost of our discipleship

As you know, Deb and I, and her sister and her husband, just fulfilled a lifetime dream and went to England and Scotland. It was amazing, a blast, we will never forget it. While we were in London we visited Churchill’s War Room. It is where Churchill and has military staff hid out during the […]

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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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The format this Sunday was a group Bible study. Pastors Deb and Steve taught, asked questions, and the congregation shared, first in small groups and then altogether. Questions in red are the discussion topics for the congregation. Scripture text is in blue. Here is an outline for July 9, 2017. Jesus’ condemnation upon unrepentant cities and his […]

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