Monthly Archives: October 2016

Reflections on stewardship

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church   Natoma, Kansas November, 2016 I was visiting a congregation some time back, and they announced that the new offering envelopes were available; and they encouraged people to take them home, even if … Continue reading

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A Jesus lesson

Sunday of the Reformation – Revelation 14:6-7 Some of you may remember the year 1976, the year of the American Bicentennial.  The year was full of events and special activities and commemorations of all things associated with American independence.  Boston, … Continue reading

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Real life doesn’t make real good movies

The last two movies I have seen are Sully and Deepwater Horizon.  Both are movies recounting recent events: one the landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River, and the other the explosion of a BP oil well in … Continue reading

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Let the children come

Pentecost 23 – St. Luke 18:9-17 Imagine that you are scrolling through your social media news feed, and you suddenly come across a link that reads: Disciples prevent children from coming to Jesus; but you won’t believe what happens next! … Continue reading

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Pentecost 22 – Genesis 32:22-30 Our text from Genesis tells you all you need to know about Jacob. An unidentified man comes and wrestles with him during the night, so of course Jacob fights back.  After all, fighting is what … Continue reading

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All I want for Christmas… An Advent Series

Greetings! This year, I was once again privileged to present an Advent series as a breakout session at the Kansas District Pastor’s Conference.  I now offer it to you for your benefit. Today, Christmas is all about getting and wanting … Continue reading

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An ode to the Pastor’s Desk Diary

It is that time of year when it would normally come in the mail; that time of the year, when I would normally take an hour and start to pencil things in for the new year.  And yet word was … Continue reading

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