Pastor's Logos: Break Through the Walls with God’s Good News

Pastor's Logos: Break Through the Walls with God’s Good News

I am tired of the divisiveness. I am tired of the negativity. I am tired of the drama, and I’m tired of being tired. The news, all that is happening in this world, is wearing me out. I could hide from it, but what good would that be? I would just be uninformed about many things that really do matter. They say ignorance is bliss. So you don’t know about the truck that is going to hit you? No worries, no panic and maybe no life.

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Pastor's Logos: Death in the World

Pastor's Logos: Death in the World

I was a campus pastor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for 13 years.  It was a privilege to serve the students, faculty and staff. It was a great adventure in faith, community and diversity.  During that time some terrible things took place in our world and in our local community.  From 9/11, two wars, Columbine, catastrophic storms, the death of students and the kidnapping of another, we as an academic community and the faith community at Campus Lutheran walked through them together.

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Join us this October for every Faith Formation Hour from 9:30-10:25

Join us this October for every Faith Formation Hour from 9:30-10:25

This October, things might start to feel and look even more different as we journey closer to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be part of our worship celebration on Sunday, October 29th at 9:30am. In fact, that celebration, combined with our celebration of the Affirmation of Baptism, is SO important to our faith lives, we will have one Sunday service at 9:30 (with the Saturday service taking place at 5:30, per usual) that weekend.

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Pastor's Logos: People Helping People

Pastor's Logos: People Helping People

“Survival of the fittest” is a term or slogan often inaccurately used to describe evolution or natural selection.  Many times in nature, survival of the fittest is the case.  The weak, the sick, the injured, the very young and the old are the most vulnerable to being attacked or being left behind and ultimately to die.  However this is not what we as human beings were created to be about and certainly not what Christians are called to follow.

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Pastor's Logos: Disasters break down walls

Pastor's Logos: Disasters break down walls

I have been watching the water rise in Houston and other parts of Texas. Unless you have been in a major flood you really don’t understand what floods can do.  I know we have all seen the terrible pictures of people walking on major highways, escaping their homes that are going under water.  It breaks my heart to see the look on the faces of people of all ages suffering through loss of nearly everything but their lives and the clothes on their back.

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Pastor's Logos: Should we hide in a cave?

Pastor's Logos: Should we hide in a cave?

I am writing this blog not as a pastor, but as a grandfather.  I have eleven grandchildren and one of them is African American.  I am concerned for her because there are people who hate her for the color of her skin and have no idea what a wonderful, beautiful child of God she is.  The truth is, I am concerned for all my grandchildren. They should not have to see the rise of hate groups in our country.  I am concerned for all children who live in a world where fear, hatred, war and tribalism is becoming the norm.

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Pastor's Logos: Reverse Hospitality

Pastor's Logos: Reverse Hospitality

“Reverse Hospitality” this is a concept that became quite apparent to me when I heard a friend of my son’s talk about an encounter with a waitress at the Café Du Monde in New Orleans. My son’s friend has Vietnamese heritage and speaks fluent Vietnamese. A waitress was taking their order and it was clear she was somewhat new to American and English, without knowing it, about every third word was Vietnamese. The friend replied in the girl’s language of origin and the waitress just lit up and relaxed. 

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Pastor's Logos: What does it mean to be a Christian?

Pastor's Logos: What does it mean to be a Christian?

What does it mean to be a Christian? This was a question asked of me by a non-religious, but very spiritual young woman. “That’s a good question,” I said. This was my response as I thought about what I was going to say. Then it came to me, I heard a 6-year-old answer this question with clarity and insight.  So I quoted her: “It means you love God, love Jesus and love everyone else!” 

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Meal: God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ

Meal: God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ

Perhaps we have reached the most significant part of our time in worship—the meal, Holy Communion, the Eucharist, the Great Thanksgiving. God’s meal is a sacrament—a gift for God’s people that comes with a promise, contains an earthly element, and is sealed with a promise from God. We trust that by participating in the sacrament, we will receive the promise of God, not because of what we are doing, but because of who God is.

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Pastor's Logos: Live fully in the life of Christ

Pastor's Logos: Live fully in the life of Christ

I do not like squirrels. They are rats with furry tails. Squirrels eat the bird seed that we put out for the birds. They are bullies and greedy! They laugh at me when I try to get rid of them.

Because firearms are band in the city limits and we all know how well I do with a crossbow (nearly lost a thumb), my options for handling these pests have become limited and I am frustrated. The birds are not getting the food, and my pocketbook is hurting a bit because of squirrels. 

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Pastor's Logos: Be Prepared

Pastor's Logos: Be Prepared

I watched the storm clouds approach on radar. The radar showed yellow, red, purple and another very dark color I could not name.

I saw the clouds coming and I reacted by saying: “Well, they are not here yet.”

When I got into the car to leave for Lincoln to take my granddaughter back home, the sky was getting quite dark.

 “Papa, you better hurry the storm is coming,” my granddaughter said.  

I told her we would go as fast and as safely as possible. I said we would be fine and would get her home before the storm hits. And we did just that.

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Pastor's Logos: We should know OUR history

Pastor's Logos: We should know OUR history

Americans have real issues with history. For the most part, they are quite ill informed, compared to many countries around the world.

In Israel, you get a one year course on the history of the Jewish people. World history is a part of their military training. For many Americans, history was one of the most boring classes in high school. This is very sad to me, for a number of reasons.

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Feeding the Hungry: St. Paul's and 1st Baptist Church

Feeding the Hungry: St. Paul's and 1st Baptist Church

Feeding the hungry is very much a part of our Christian responsibility in the world. The "Community Meals" program is an opportunity to serve Christ by serving others. Six times a year St. Paul's Lutheran Church helps serve meals to the homeless and the hungry at 1st Baptist Church in downtown Omaha. If you can boil water, wash dishes, butter toast, serve coffee, or just help dish out food - you can help. The following dates areSt. Paul's Lutheran's serving opportunity: May 27, July 22, Sept. 23, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9. We work from 9:30am to 1pm in two shifts, so you do not have to be there all morning. We do ask folks when they eat that they go out and sit with those we serve. If you are at all interested #contact the church office for more information or if you want to be a part of this important ministry. Thank you!

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Pastor's Logos: Our Young People

Pastor's Logos: Our Young People

This past Sunday was not only Mother’s Day, but also a youth led worship here at St. Paul’s. Our young people did a wonderful job! Their authentic sharing of their faith and gifts made worship very special and every mom was proud.

Recently, I have been hearing and seeing articles and commentaries on how young people today are perceived. They have been accused of being lazy, entitled, uninformed and immature. This is the short list. Yes, I am sure there are people in every generation that share these mentioned negative attributes. But my experience with our young people of today is quite the opposite.

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