Worldview

Right or Left?

The LORD commanded His people through the mouth of Moses in Deuteronomy 5:32, “You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” It’s very easy to turn from the Lord’s way and be pulled to the extremes on the right and the left. I saw this play out in the street in front of my church yesterday. Two opposing factions had...

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Mission…South Africa

Heather and I are very excited to be embarking on a new adventure to promote Life in God’s Way. In the spring of 2019 we’ll be taking a nine-week sabbatical. During that time we’ll continue training to become certified counselors through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. This training will enhance the counseling we already do to help everyone better understand and live out their relationships in God’s...

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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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Marriage Proclaims God’s Foolish Way for Justification

This past Tuesday I led an opening devotion for a regional gathering of pastors. I shared thoughts that were well received and decided to repeat some of it here. The conference theme was that God’s way of justification by grace through faith in our crucified Savior, Jesus, is foolishness in our current culture. Along those lines, I noted how marriage is a perfect illustration of this. God’s way for marriage is a way of sacrifice and...

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Citizen of the Year

This week I received notice that I had been nominated as Citizen of the Year for an annual awards banquet hosted by our local Chamber of Commerce. My first response was, “WHAT? Why me?” Then, as I read the letter asking me to answer three further questions about myself, I said, “No way! I’m not going to brag about myself!” However, I was softened by the wise input of my dear wife and some other trusted friends who...

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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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Life in God’s Way

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