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  • Observations

    A little while back, I along with the family were invited to the First Communion for a son of a friend. I hadn't been in a Roman Catholic worship context in a long time.  Another interesting tidbit is that I attended the Mass in my clerical collar. It was not by choice. I helped officiate a funeral at Hope just prior to the First Communion Mass.  I had no time to change!  So that made for some interesting dynamics...
  • "Nothing New Under the Sun"


    Our 45th President was sworn into office yesterday.  Many cheered and rejoiced.  Many were not so joyous.  Some protested, which is their Constitutional right to do so.  Some caused violence, which is never righteous, nor a right of citizenship.  Violence and mayhem do not help anything, save to prove the cowardice of the perpetrator.

    I have heard and seen through media channels how difficult a time some people are having with the reality of a new administration.  But...
  • Music in the Air


    Every early Sunday morning, during the short drive from home to parish, I listen to the same radio program: "On Being" with Krista Tippett.  She brings on various guest to talk about and contemplate religion and spirituality.  Rarely, she may have a Christian guest.  Most are from all the other world religions, religions of their own creation, or people from the realm of science (which can itself be worshiped as a god.
    This past Sunday,...
  • History Repeats Itself
    First, a blessed Christmas to each of you.

    I want to share something that I experienced Christmas Eve.  While just a simple flashback, it became a profound moment for me of history repeating itself.

    "Quirinius"

    That was the word that started it all.

    "kwye-Rin-ee-uhs."

    I struggled to pronounce that name, almost 40 years ago.  That Christmas Eve, my family and two other families at my home congregation, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres, MO, were tasked with leading the family service.  My job, and...
  • Thanksgiving Foretaste

    First, happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  May you find time to recall how your Lord has blessed you this past year.

    Second, something to think about:

    We often hear of the Lord's Supper as a "foretaste of the feast to come."  Which it is; it is a foretaste of the feast we will enjoy with our Lord in the new heavens and new earth He has promised.

    But something can also be said for your Thanksgiving dinner...
  • Citizens of the Kingdom
    I preached this sermon a couple of years ago.  I thought it appropriate on this election day.  The text is Romans 13:1-10.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    It was difficult to watch the warzone now known to the world as Ferguson, MO.  It was difficult for me because Ferguson is a community of the greater St. Louis area – the place I consider home.  Businesses looted at will, fires, general mayhem – throw military vehicles into it, and it just...
  • Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare
    When most people think of demon possession, their thoughts immediately go to images from the movie, "The Exorcist."  Hollywood has a way of making lives and events and history more fantastic and extraordinary than they really are.  But that's Hollywood.  What about reality?  Is demon possession real?  What does it look like?  Or can it be explained through our knowledge of science and medicine and psychology?

    There really hasn't been much written on the subject, particularly in Lutheran circles, until recently....
  • Sermon at Sunrise
    Resurrection of our Lord c Sunrise
    “He is Risen Indeed”
    John 20:1-18
    March 27, 2016

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    The man that Peter and John and the other Apostles followed had done great things.  The man that Mary Magdalene and a number of others followed had done great things.  Jesus of Nazareth did things, miraculous things, things that only God can do.  He preached with authority and not like the scribes and Pharisees.  He talked about...
  • Christmas Proclamation


    John 1:1-14English Standard Version (ESV)

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In...
  • Can There Be Righteous Anger?


    Is there such a thing as righteous anger?

    Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs of Concordia Seminary very recently posted an essay on the subject.  He begins with thoughts worth quoting here:

    "Finally, I am quite convinced that the United States of America in the twenty-first century is a profoundly angry culture, and in contemporary discourse anger (often labeled “outrage”) is almost regarded as a virtue. When someone with whom we agree “goes off on” someone with whose position we disagree,...


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