Going to church is still important

Going to church is still important

The number of people attending church is on the decline. All sorts of reasons have been given and theories presented, but the truth is that church is not as important as it once was in the lives of many people.  Some have asked the question; “What is point of going to church”? Others have said; “I can be a Christian without going to church”.  Then there folks who say; “Sunday is the only down time they have with their families or chance to rest”. 

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“What is a Prophet?”

“What is a Prophet?”

Currently I am helping with a Bible Study about some of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.  Notice I am just helping, not leading.  There is a study leader on video who makes her presentation, folks break up into small groups and the group leader is given the answers to hand out at the end of the discussion.  I get to give the Lutheran perspective in 15 minutes at the end.

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Use scripture to serve God, not yourself.

Use scripture to serve God, not yourself.

One of my favorite Bible verses in the New Testament is 1stPeter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people but now you are God’s People; once you have not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

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The "being with" is more impactful than the "doing"

The "being with" is more impactful than the "doing"

It always amazes me the energy level of preschoolers, it is like they have a nuclear engine in them, then they hit that point, crash and burn and invariably a meltdown.  Recently nana and papa took one of their four year old grandsons to see dinosaurs at Lauritzen Gardens.  He was so excited and so were we.  But on the way he became somewhat cranky about a very minor thing.  We should have realized then, that we were approaching a possible meltdown. 

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Think twice when venturing out into poor weather

Think twice when venturing out into poor weather

The recent snowfall brought out some very interesting situations.  One was my neighbors help me clear my sidewalk and driveway, it was a very nice surprise.  Another was when the weather makes you slow down, you have more time to talk with folks and that was a nice surprise.  Finally, when you are forced to change schedules, appointments or events, you question whether you needed to do it and in some cases you feel guilty.  A not so nice surprise.

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Pastor's Logos: Slow down and live life fully

Pastor's Logos: Slow down and live life fully

I am getting to that age when more of those I know and love have recently died or are dying.  It makes me sad and it also makes me think.  When we were young, we wanted things to move more quickly, especially time, but now it moves way too fast and I am sad that I didn’t pay attention to the ones I loved and the experiences of life that were remarkable.

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Pastor's Logo: Thoughts and Observations

Pastor's Logo: Thoughts and Observations

This blog that I write and all the ones before it, are my thoughts and observations.  I do not write them, saying that this is what St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as a congregation is thinking, but for me as a pastor.  Not everyone in at St. Paul’s would agree with what I have to say, that’s ok, we all have different points of view.  But I do write this blog as a witness to what I believe as a follower of Christ, as a pastor in the ELCA and yes as the pastor of this church.

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Help Us Make Mardi Gras 2019 a Success: Volunteer

Help Us Make Mardi Gras 2019 a Success: Volunteer

Mardi Gras will arrive almost a month later than last year. That's great news! It gives us time to get going on preparation for the big event. Last year we were able to share over $35,000 to much-needed programs at St. Paul's from the proceeds of this event. Our children, youth, music and various other needs were fulfilled and were able to do things that otherwise would not have been achievable without this one big night. This is without a doubt our biggest one-night event of fun, food, and fellowship and it takes the help of many to pull it off. 

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Pastor's Logos: Fear

Pastor's Logos: Fear

Today, I am concerned. Maybe I am a bit anxious. No, I am afraid. Afraid of what? Afraid of fear? I am afraid that fear is becoming more important in our world, than hope, or love or faith.

Maybe it is just this election cycle and the midterms. Maybe it is the tribalism and negativity I see and hear every day. I suppose I watch the news too much or listen to people expressing themselves in ways that are so denigrating to others that it hurts my ears and my heart.

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Pastor's Logos: Studying The Old Testament

Pastor's Logos: Studying The Old Testament

This week I participate in a congregation-wide Bible Study on the Old Testament, beginning with of the course the book of Genesis. The presenter and author are not Lutheran and do not approach the texts in the way I would, so I have a part in the study, where I present a “Lutheran Perspective”. I have thought about this a lot lately and have expanded my study on Genesis and how the Son (Jesus) is present at the time of creation. Honestly, I don’t see Jesus there. But God the Father Creator and the Spirit of God are very much in the Creation story.

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