01-27-2020: Third Week after Epiphany

I almost decided against writing anything this morning. Usually something worth sharing comes to mind as soon as I sit down to start typing, but this time around, I stared at the screen for a few minutes. I thought I might write something in relation to 80s day here at Our Savior. We’re celebrating Lutheran…

01-20-2020: Second Week after Epiphany

For those of you who have the day off, I hope it’s a restful one. Evelyn and I will be leaving for Adrian soon. I’m giving a speech at the Right to Life march happening there. With Jen out of town until tonight, I’m keeping Evelyn close by. But she’s an ultra-pro-lifer, anyway, and she…

01-13-2020: First Week after Epiphany

I’ll be giving the invocation before the Michigan State Senate on Tuesday. I’m not nervous. I’ve done it several times before. And I rarely get nervous before speaking to a crowd, anyway. Imagine if I did. As a pastor, I’d be a constant wreck. A good portion of what I do involves public speaking. Still,…

01-06-2020: Week of Epiphany

Resolutions for personal betterment are the topic of discussion at this moment just past the New Year’s turning point. At least for some. Others think the idea of making resolutions is ridiculous. I don’t. As Christians, training for spiritual righteousness is a commendable thing (2 Timothy 3:16). Saint Paul said that. He also commended us…

12-30-2019: First Sunday after Christmas

I wrote this last year at this time. It felt right to share it again. I hope you’re blessed by it.—————————– I thought I’d take a quick moment and offer an anticipatory New Year’s “thank you” from a pastor’s perspective to all the faithful Christians who make up all of the Christian congregations. Thank you.…

12-23-2019: Week of Christmas

For a good number of you, the Christmas break has begun. Maybe you’ll remember and maybe you won’t, but I once shared with you that December 26 was my island. And by island, I mean it’s a very important down-time locale to which I, like so many others, have been in constant freestyle form (sometimes…

12-16-2019: Third week in Advent

   If ever there was a season for sharing our stories with one another, it’s the season of Advent. Advent is a season for gathering stories—the narratives of our lives. Even better, Advent leads the way as it ventures to gather up the accounts of the Bible—which are our stories, too—and it aims them at…

12-09-2019: Second week in advent

I’d like to tell you a story. I’ve been given permission to tell it for your benefit. In some ways, many of you already know the tale’s beginning, because it is a telling of familiar things. What I’m about to describe happened last Thursday. Even at 9:00 AM, the December sky was successfully holding back…

12-02-2019: First week in advent

Brothers and sisters in Christ,    We’ve arrived at the season of Advent. The Christian Church Year has begun anew.    Of course here at Our Savior, it’s a favorite time. This is true not only as we find ourselves brimming with excitement for Christmas—the bright-beaming décor and the colorful adornments—but because we’re conscious of…