Family Life

Abandoning the Family

My wife, Heather, and I were just reflecting on all the changes we’ve seen in the congregations I’ve served for the past 28 years. One thing that struck us both is the number of people who have simply “dropped out” along the way. These are members of the faith family that haven’t moved away, joined another worshiping body or died. They’ve just fallen off the radar. Why? It’s a puzzle. Many were very...

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Winter Camping

Last Friday night I had the joy of camping with my daughter, Hannah, who was wrapping up her “spring” break. We stayed in our new camper-van as a test run for future mission trips and recreation. Our campsite was in Bay City State Park on the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. Even though it got down to 22 degrees Fahrenheit at night, we were cozy in our camper. We made awesome chicken alfredo in the instant pot and enjoyed some beautiful...

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Created Male & Female

Created Male & Female is the title of an open letter released in the U.S. on Dec. 15, 2017 by twenty key religious leaders including two from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I encourage you to read it HERE. You can also read further information about the involvement of the LCMS in the production and release of this letter in the LCMS’ Reporter Online HERE.  I fully support the points made in this letter as they fit perfectly...

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Joyful Glory!

Just after Christmas my family and I were able to get away together for a few days. We stayed in the charming little community of Shipshewana, IN. It has a large Amish population that still uses horse and buggy to get around town, even when the temperature is hovering around zero degrees…impressive. I very much enjoyed seeing the GLORY OF GOD in so many ways on this trip. A simple way I like to define “glory” is to say that it...

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Love Incarnate

Incarnate. Not a word you hear used very often in common conversation. However, it’s a word that’s tremendously comforting. Incarnate literally means “in the flesh.” At Christmas, we celebrate that Jesus took on our human flesh. He was born with a body like yours and mine. He breathed, hungered, ate, thirsted, drank, grew weary, slept, shivered, suffered and died…in the flesh…for us. His love for us was not...

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JOY in Death

This past Tuesday I had the challenge and privilege of preaching and leading the funeral service for a dear friend, the wife of the previous senior pastor at the congregation I now serve. Lorna was a wonderfully faithful woman who lived for the Lord Jesus in all that she did. She truly exhibited a “Thumbs Up” attitude in all of life. Sadly, her faith and love could not stop the assault of sin on her body. A terrible blood disease and...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview