01-18-2021: Fourth Week after Epiphany

Right now, my office is a mess. Before I left it yesterday afternoon, as I turned to close the door, I scanned the room and could see the disaster to which I’d be returning. My desk is buried beneath papers. And that’s not the half of it. I have books all over the floor, countless…

01-11-2021: Third Week after Epiphany

So, what is there to talk about these days? Yeah, I know, right? I don’t know about you, but the events of the past week have been concerning. And without sounding completely tone deaf, I should at least acknowledge that while I know what’s going on, I just don’t feel like visiting with it in…

01-04-2021: Second Week after Christmas

We’re only a few days into 2021. Still, I pray all is well with you so far. Interestingly, because of my daughter Madeline’s fondness for all things 80s, I crossed into the New Year having reconnected with some favorite music from my youth. While I’m more of a hard rock kind of guy—AC/DC being the…

12-28-2020: First Week after Christmas

Before venturing into the swiftly approaching New Year, I woke up this morning and wanted to remind you one more time that your pastors pray for you regularly. Speaking personally, my general prayers to God for the whole congregation occur each and every morning. But of course along the way of my day as things…

12-21-2020: Fourth Week of Advent (Week of Christmas)

If I were asked to choose God’s greatest masterpiece from among the many things He has fashioned, of course I’d select His plan of salvation worked through His Son, Jesus Christ. The life, death, and resurrection of Christ on behalf of a straying creation is His greatest work. The resplendence of the Christmas season more…

12-14-2020: Third Week of Advent

I mentioned in Bible study yesterday morning that I had an interesting phone conversation the previous week with a visitor to our early worship service. I called her as a follow-up to her visit. She was intrigued by our worship practices at Our Savior—why we do what we do—and this led us into a deeper…

12-07-2020: Second Week of Advent

Since I had some time between the second service here at Our Savior today and the Advent by Candlelight event taking place at 6:00 PM, I thought I would get a jump start on the eNews for this week. A lot has happened already this morning, but what immediately comes to mind is something I…

11-30-2020: First Week of Advent

It may be somewhat of an abrupt way to begin, but as a pastor, I’ve seen and experienced plenty to affirm the existence of the devil. And I’m not just talking about the philosophical deduction that comes from observing our world in chaos and concluding that he’s the only possible explanation for all of it.…

11-16-2020: Twenty-third Week after Trinity

My hope is that all is well with you, and that you are already finding opportunity to rejoice in the Lord, not only today, but each and every day. I say all of this knowing full well that so many of you are experiencing struggle after struggle, and affliction after affliction. I know your stories—your…

11-09-2020: Twenty-second Week after Trinity

I haven’t spoken much of the election, except perhaps a few online comments here and there to express my usual discontent with pastors for not getting more involved. I did this after reading an article sharing what I would say were low turnout numbers for Christians. And when I say low, I don’t mean less…