At the Nebraska Synod Assembly, they asked the candidates for the bishop; “What Biblical story or character best reflects your style of leadership in the church?” The answers were good, but it made me think about what Bible story I would say, reflects my leadership style. So here it is.Read More
As we continue our focus on where did we see Jesus’ love, I would like to talk about where did we see Jesus this week? Many of you have seen the pictures of crying children as they are separated from their parents. I am going to stop here, to remind folks that some will see this blog as political. If you do so and stop reading, I am sorry, because I really want you to hear me out.
I saw God’s love the other day at McDonald’s. Yes, that’s right at McDonald’s. It involved a child, a panhandler and a happy meal.
I am not a big fan of those who are panhandling on our streets and in public places. In part because there are many places that offer these folks help, and they are not taking advantages of the help that is offered. Also many, but not all, are seeking money that they spend on things that are not food, shelter or clothing, which adds to their struggles. However, this is not the point of my story.Read More
Where do we see Jesus’ love at work? My work is here at St. Paul’s. I am lucky to have the opportunity to see folks of all ages sharing the love of God in word and deed. Sometimes, though, an unexpected gift of love comes my way.
This is the 25th anniversary of St Paul’s participation in Habitat for Humanity (Faithful Builders Coalition of 11 churches). The new house will be built at 13956 Hickory Circle.
Registration will be done online. To register, visit: https://habitatomaha.org/volunteernow/and use registration code: fb2018 For those that would provide food for St. Paul’s food day of August 4th, please e-mail email@example.com or call Jerry at 402-850-0027 and leave a message.Read More
This summer we are once again taking out mini-Jesus and sharing “Jesus on the Go!” this time with a different subtext: “Where do we see Jesus’ Love?”
As a storyteller, I am constantly looking and listening for stories that I can share in my sermons, in Bible studies or devotions. Because it is summer and we are generally outside, it made sense to talk about seeing God’s Love in nature or creation. What came to my mind immediately was not a beautiful Spring Day, but rather a December blizzard.Read More
Have you noticed that people are tired? They are tired of the weather, the news, the drama, and tired of being tired! Maybe it is culture that is moving so quickly that we find it hard to keep up, and we feel wore out. Maybe the expectations of others, who, whether at work, home or play call for us to be high performing. Maybe I am just getting old, but I see this in folks much younger than I am. I see it in kids!Read More
The plan was to go up north the first week of April and intern my mother’s ashes. Frost on the ground, muddy roads in the cemetery and, of course, foul weather have all put a hold on that event. I will admit I am upset by this. It is an important part of putting closure on my mom’s life here on earth. Then it dawned on me (I should have realized this earlier, I am a pastor) but she is not here, she is in heaven.Read More
Failure to part is what it means to be a follower of Christ. Yes, you heard me. When we fail, we also succeed. Jesus said it better: “In this world, you must lose your life to gain it and those who wish to cling to life will lose it.”Read More
Someone asked me what the difference is between a civic organization and a church. There are some significant differences. One is the mission: what our message is and who we serve. Sometimes cultural measurements and goals are substituted for the Biblical ones. That is why it is important to remind folks both in and outside the church what we are all about.Read More
March is a strange month with weird weather, basketball tournaments, spring breaks, Holy Week (yes, it’s early), and daylight savings time, which always makes me a little cranky.
This year March is coming in like a lion all over the United States. This is not nice at all! For those with allergies, pollen is in the air early and, of course, there is the joy of potholes.Read More
I love to read. In fact, I often think in story. When Jesus speaks in parables (stories), I get it. Everyone likes a good story. When I read a good book, it is because it is a good story. Books are stories and good books have good stories!Read More
This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 14th, with Ash Wednesday. As we move into this season of preparing our hearts for Jesus’ death and resurrection in our lives, we have much planned to help us focus and delve deeper into our faith together.Read More
Showing Grace and Forgiveness, Care and Compassion is harder when you are called to show it to people not like you. But it is even harder to do, when they don’t like you! Jesus says, “Love your enemy.” Whoever said being a Christian was easy when you have that line staring you in the face?Read More
At Christmas time, there has always been the ongoing battle with culture and materialism. This has been the greatest adversary to the Hope of Christmas. Is there a war on Christmas?
Jesus’ birth has long been overshadowed by cultural traditions, as wonderful as they are. Don’t get me wrong, I am right in the middle with tree trimming, present buying, gift wrapping, music programs (secular & church), miniature village set-up (my passion), and Christmas lights. Even though the church has baptized many of these traditions (secular to sacred), the story of Christ’s birth continues to be overshadowed.Read More
I am a Christian of the Lutheran tradition. I was baptized, confirmed and ordained at Breckenridge Lutheran Church in, of course, Breckenridge MN. When the faculty at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa was reviewing me my senior year, they made a comment about me. Maybe they wrote that I was too Lutheran. They said, “he may not be able to work with other faith traditions.”Read More
Recently, I taught a class for our Affirmation of Baptism students that was called: “God on Broadway.” The class was a combination of some of my passions — musicals, theatre, and faith. We focused on different plays and shows, looking at how a storyline taught us about our faith, or who God is, or why that even matters in today’s world.Read More
I begin this blog with an apology, not just for me, but for a whole generation of parents who did not model or teach their children that following Christ is about stewardship. I know that some will ask, “So what the heck is stewardship?” It is about giving our time, talent and treasure in thanks and support for the mission of Jesus Christ.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More