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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…

01-24-2021: Fifth Week after Epiphany

As you can see, I’m getting a jumpstart on the eNews for this week. Do you have time for a quick story? Since you’re here, I’ll go ahead and share it. We took a phone call here at Our Savior this past Friday. I didn’t answer it. Nikki Spangler, our Parish Administrator, did. It was…

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…