Coming Home

Coming Home

I’ve witnessed such a homecoming. Truly, I have. Hear me out. It was 2001. I was the vicar (pastor intern) at St. James Lutheran Church, Lincoln Park, Chicago. Just one street over from the Church, a Hallmark commercial was being filmed on the front steps of a beautiful brownstone (think of the Cosby show and […]

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Good Tune After Too Long…

It has been entirely too long since I last posted. So many things in life begin simply and then grow to crushing proportions.  I know that seems dramatic, but I believe it is true.  In this case, I envisioned this blog as a way to share not only meaty topics, but also daily joys.  In […]

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Maundy Thursday & The Lord’s Supper

Maundy Thursday & The Lord’s Supper

This is the day. It is Maundy Thursday. In the first place, know that ‘Maundy’ comes from a latin word meaning ‘mandate’. It comes in particular from John 13, Jesus washing his disciple’s feet, and Jesus giving his disciples the command (mandate) to serve each other likes wise (John 13:5). This is certainly worthy of […]

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To Fathers Of Daughters

To Fathers Of Daughters

To My Friends Who Are Fathers Of Daughters, First, my credentials & a disclaimer. I am personally credentialed in this department as I am a father of a daughter. And there too lies the disclaimer – she is but 2 years old. In other words, we have miles to go that most certainly include both […]

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State Constitutional Proposals

How I am processing MICHIGAN’S 6 PROPOSALS up for consideration next week – Proposals to change the state constitution: 1) Realize that these are just that, proposals to change the State Constitution. As in, this is no light matter! 2) Calming down and thinking. Actually THINKING. The vast amount of advertising for and against the […]

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The Lutheran Confessions on the ‘Priesthood’

The Lutheran Confessions on the ‘Priesthood’

This past Sunday, during the 9am adult study, a very good series of questions were asked: What is the difference between a ‘pastor’ and a ‘priest’? And what is the difference the two of them and the ‘royal priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:off)? Let me say very briefly: • this is a worthy question as the […]

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Biblical Church

Biblical Church

I shared this extended quote this past Sunday in the message. It comes from Eugene Peterson’s Leap Over a Wall : Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians Every time I move to a new community, I find a church close by and join it – committing myself to worship and work with that company of God’s […]

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Team Haiti

Team Haiti

In February of 2013 – Lord willing – a fine team of folks from Grace Lutheran, Wyoming, MI and New Hope Lutheran, Hudsonville, MI will be headed off to Haiti to serve our brothers and sisters there in the Les Cayes area!  We are thrilled.  We invite you prayers. I have been asked recently about […]

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Gray Matters!

Gray Matters!

Many these days are talking about ‘mindless Christianity,’ and I belief rightfully so. Too often the Christian faith is presented from both within and without as a group of pious believers who believe what they believe contrary to evidence.  Faith, it is often declared, is a matter of believing despite the evidence. Faith, it is […]

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The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church

The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church

This is a superb presentation of the Gospel. For you. And even more to the point – for those you know who have abandoned the Christian faith. The presenter is Dr. Rod Rosenbladt – theologian and pastor I look up to with the greatest respect.  He is a Lutheran professor at Concordia University – Irvine, […]

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