04-04-2021: First Week of Easter

Christ is risen. There is no mistaking this. The tomb is empty. He has visited with His people in the flesh. He isn’t a ghost. They have seen Him, embraced Him, and eaten meals with Him, all the while marveling at the scars of His crucifixion wounds. Indeed, the wounds prove He was dead. Yes,…

03/28/2021: Holy Week

Holy Week is upon us. God’s plan has been exacted. His plan for our redemption—which included the cosmic annihilation of Sin, Death, and the power of the devil—was established long ago. Its forthcoming object destined for impact was first announced in the Garden of Eden shortly after the fall into Sin. He told the serpent…

03-22-2021: Fifth Week in Lent

It’s very early, 5:30am to be precise. I’m writing this note from Cantrall, Illinois. Again, to be precise, I’m at Camp CILCA, which is just outside of Springfield. A summer camp I attended in my youth, I know this place well. Even better, I eventually became CILCA’s head counselor in the early nineties, having held…

03-15-2021: Fourth Week in Lent

Time is at a premium today, so if I’m going to get anything of value to you, it’ll need to be brief. At the moment, I have the topic of funerals reverberating in my brain. Lent is already weighty enough for the soul that the last thing any of us might think we need to…

03-07-2021: Third Week in Lent

The season of Lent is a powerful time in the Church Year. Throughout its forty days, if there’s one thing in particular it draws out and defines with its penitential crispness, it’s the authenticity of human guilt. Guilt is an incredibly palpable thing, isn’t it? It’s thick. It’s strong. It’s voracious. A terrible task-master, guilt…

03-01-2021: Second Week in Lent

I must admit that what first came to mind for writing this morning was very short, and had I shared it as the temptation was nudging, it would have been less than helpful. Although, now that I’ve taken a moment to think through why I would’ve written it so crisply, I’m prepared to go ahead…

02-21-2021: First Week in Lent

Just yesterday (Saturday, February 20), the Life Team of Our Savior blessed our church and community by offering an “End of Life” seminar. It was well attended. I was glad for that. The keynote speaker for the event was Genevieve Marnon, the Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan. I know Genevieve. She’s a…

02-14-2021: Eighth Week after Epiphany

The penitential season of Lent is soon to be upon us. It begins this week with Ash Wednesday. So, who cares? Christians do. At least, they should. Although, it would seem many Christians—even some of the clergy—are preaching and teaching against it. I don’t know why. I did hear one say it’s some sort of…

02-07-2021: Seventh Week after Epiphany

I was thinking about a social media exchange regarding the theological abilities of our nation’s new President that I participated in this past Saturday after our congregation’s annual “Getting Organized” meeting. But before I share its importance with you, I should probably start with a different conversation that occurred earlier in the week. I hope…

01-31-2021: Sixth Week after Epiphany

I’m once again taking the opportunity to get a jumpstart on the eNews for this week. You know how it goes for me. The sermon is done, and so now whatever comes to mind this morning is going to be quarried for gems. I suppose with today being the 66th anniversary of our congregation, and…