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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…

11-02-2020: Week of All Saints

I should start this morning by mentioning I experienced a “flux capacitor” moment last night in my garage. If you’ve seen the movie “Back to the Future” then you’ll know that Doc Brown came up with the idea for the device that makes time travel possible right after he hit his head. Well, I was…

10-25-2020: Week of Reformation Day

I’m wondering… have you ever experienced a moment when you felt like you were at the bottom of the barrel in your station? Like you were the worst accountant in the firm? Like you were the least valuable engineer on the project or the worst teacher in your school? Like you were the least relevant…

10-19-2020: Nineteenth Week after Trinity

We’ve experienced a handful of very busy weeks here at Our Savior. And while I’ll admit they have unquestionably resulted in accomplishments about which we can all smile with Godly pride, the labor leading up to them is still being felt. We’re all pretty tired. It takes a lot of work to pull together three…

10-12-2020: Eighteenth Week after Trinity

“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say” (1 Corinthians 10:14). Saint Paul wrote those words to the Corinthian church just as he was about to begin explaining the doctrine of Altar Fellowship, which when you really get down to the nuts and bolts of…

10-05-2020: Seventeenth Week after Trinity

The countdown has started. Five days until a powerhouse weekend here at Our Savior. Saturday we’ll enjoy a day-long conference filled with tier-one personalities. On Sunday we’ll gather together to celebrate our school’s 40 years of service in the community, again, being joined by appreciative newsmakers. To wrap it all up, on Monday we’ll host…