Category Archives: LCMS Observations

For those who have wandered from the faith

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church  Natoma, Kansas September, 2018 During the Rooks County Free Fair, the Natoma Lutherans For Life booth collected prayer requests, and we prayed for them as a congregation on Sunday, August 19. To be honest, … Continue reading

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Rise and eat

Winkel Sermon – 1 Kings 19:1-8 A couple of years ago, at the annual Pastors Conference in Lawrence, the main presenter was from Grace Place Ministries, and he presented some statistics on burnout among clergy and some other things that … Continue reading

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Kansas District Convention Review

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church  Natoma, Kansas July, 2018 The Kansas District convention, held June 7-9 in Topeka, passed, often with overwhelming support, 27 resolutions, and declined 1. Church conventions are funny things, and this one was no exception. … Continue reading

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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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