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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Pastor’s Logos: Bonding Over Simple Things

Pastor’s Logos: Bonding Over Simple Things

I love to read books and so does my wife. So going to the ½ Price Bookstore is really a nice time. However, we have quite different taste in literature, so she went her way and I went mine. No big deal. You will usually find me in the history section, but I was getting a bit overwhelmed with both current and past historical events. Instead, I went for pure escapism.

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Pastor's Logos: Being faithful is more than being religious  

Pastor's Logos: Being faithful is more than being religious  

If you want folks to become a follower of Christ, by being religious, this has some real problems. What I mean to say here is, that religiosity is not the same as a religious faith. But too often, we equate being religious and following Christ as the same thing or at least it is for Christians. This is not necessarily so. In fact, being faithful is more than being religious.  


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Why Cross-Generational?

Why Cross-Generational?

You may have read an article in the August issue of the Connection that introduced something new the Faith Formation team is hosting this year. This Cross+Gen gathering will be a monthly gathering for all ages called GIFT. GIFT will usually take place on the first Sunday of the month (beginning in October) and will be a time for everyone to gather to tell stories and hear God’s story for us. It will be a time to get to know each other and ask questions. We may sing, create, or listen. We might find out that we have something in common with another person. GIFT, or Growing In Faith Together, will hopefully become a gift to you. Every generation has gifts to give and every generation has needs we gift.

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Pastor's Logos: God’s Living Word

Pastor's Logos: God’s Living Word

As a Pastor, the primary source of all of my teaching and preaching comes from the Bible (written Word of God).  This should not be a surprise.  I hope.  The Bible is amazing and I find something new in it every time I read it.  I could go into a whole Biblical and Theological explanation about why this happens but just go with me here. It does.

One of the really amazing pieces of this is how God’s love comes to us in so many different and remarkable ways.  For many, not all, the Bible seems to be filled with stories of God’s wrath and judgment.  A lot of preachers will make that the primary themes of their preaching and teaching.  I can understand where this comes from, but to me, it is clearly a limited view of what God says and does in the Bible.


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Jesus' Love and Unconditional Acceptance: #Jesusonthego #Seeinglove

Jesus' Love and Unconditional Acceptance: #Jesusonthego #Seeinglove

Where have I seen Jesus’ love? This is still the question we want people to answer and share. I have been doing some serious reading lately, which means my head is in a book; however, I have also tried to go to some movies, especially with my grandchildren.

Recently, during one of the hottest days of the year so far, my wife Jane and I took our grand-daughter Ella to the movie, “The Incredibles 2”. When it is hot out people’s tempers get a bit hot as well and you can imagine trying to maneuver through a parking lot at the theaters with folks especially little ones trying to get in and see the show.

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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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