Pastor's Logos: We Cannot Ignore or Be Silent

Pastor's Logos: We Cannot Ignore or Be Silent

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.

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God's Love at McDonald's: #Jesusonthego #seeinglove

God's Love at McDonald's: #Jesusonthego #seeinglove

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.

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Register for Habitat for Humanity Project

Register for Habitat for Humanity Project

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 jbjohnsonband@hotmail.com or call Jerry at 402-850-0027 and leave a message. 

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God’s Love in Nature or Creation
#Jesusonthego #Seeinglove

God’s Love in Nature or Creation <br> #Jesusonthego #Seeinglove

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.

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Pastor's Logos: Live Life As You Should

Pastor's Logos: Live Life As You Should

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!

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Pastor's Logos: Resurrection is Our Promise

Pastor's Logos: Resurrection is Our Promise

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.

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Pastor's Logos: We are sinners that need forgiveness

Pastor's Logos: We are sinners that need forgiveness

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.

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Pastor's Logos: March - The Poster Month for Change

Pastor's Logos: March - The Poster Month for Change

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.

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Pastor's Logos: The War on Christmas

Pastor's Logos: The War on Christmas

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.

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Pastor's Logos: Look at What You Really Believe

Pastor's Logos: Look at What You Really Believe

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.”

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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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