Category Archives: LCMS Observations

Listen like a Lutheran

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church   Natoma, Kansas March, 2018 Most people who take confirmation class in junior high know the drill.  Some still have nightmares about it to this day as they watch younger brothers and sisters, or … Continue reading

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Graham and American Preaching

Rev. Billy Graham now lies in honor at the US Capitol; a fitting tribute for the face of American Christianity for the past 50 years.  It is in fact hard to imagine any preacher alive today who will be afforded … Continue reading

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What have we done?

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church  Natoma, Kansas January, 2018 I was in a meeting last month, and the presenter, a District executive recounted how he had asked his staff: what have we done in the past three years?  He … Continue reading

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How awkward is this?

Thanksgiving Eve – Deuteronomy 8:1-10 Tonight is perhaps the strangest service that finds its way onto the church calendar each and every November.  In some ways, it is the equivalent of having church on the Fourth of July, or Memorial … Continue reading

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The problem is also the solution

Recently, I put forth a proposal calling for congregations calling sole pastors to be given priority in receiving Seminary candidates as opposed to those calling assistant or associate pastors from the Seminary.  One of the major objections to this proposal … Continue reading

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Continuing the Celebration

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church   Natoma, Kansas November, 2017 Over the next two months, you and I will no doubt remark on the arrival of Christmas in the stores and in the community, and even in the church, … Continue reading

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Rethinking Calling from the Seminary

Greetings! At the recent Kansas District Professional Church Worker’s Conference, I presented a paper and a proposed overture for consideration and feedback.  The overture will hopefully come before the Kansas District Convention in June, as well as other District Conventions … Continue reading

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