Worldview

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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Super Supper

The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Altar…no matter what you call it, this gift from Jesus is precious. It gives us free forgiveness of our sins and strengthens our faith. It unites us with our Lord, Jesus, in a mysterious physical union. It could be easy to take this gift for granted since we receive it regularly. However, it never loses its power. Our eternal Lord and Savior, Jesus, gives it...

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Sunshine

It’s amazing how awesome a little warm sunshine feels after a long cold and dreary spell. Today it’s already 45 degrees out and moving up into the 50’s. Pretty incredible for Michigan in the winter. I took our dog, Toby, for a walk and we both enjoyed soaking up the warmth. Sunshine seems all the warmer after the cold. The same is true for so many who are living in the cold spiritually. Either they’ve never known the...

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Life in God’s Way

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