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.
I write to share in a way that you might not get in a sermon, or even the church’s newsletter “Connection”. Sometimes we assume that as a pastor I simply preach the company line (whatever that is?). This is not always the case, but who I am as a child of God, baptized in the name of the triune God, confirmed in the faith tradition of the Lutheran church and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a powerful force in how I think, say, act and believe!
I want you to know, that what I write here, is how I see, feel and understand things as a follower of Christ. Nobody else, although you may agree with me fully, partially or not at all, but this is where I am coming from.
This blog is not a disclaimer, it is a clarifier. I own what I say and I will tell you if my mind has changed on some of the thoughts and opinions that I have expressed. I say this now, because of how folks may think that this is how all Lutherans believe or think. I say this now so that in this very contentious time, where words publicly spoken matter, I should take responsibility for them.
You might find some other writers sharing on our website their own views and feelings. This is good! We should be bold enough to share what we believe, with the knowledge that some who read what we say, will be upset, offended or completely disagree with us.
I consider it a privilege, as a pastor and as a citizen of this country, to speak what I believe, what a gift. I hope you will continue to read what I have to share and maybe even tell others. I hope you will also read the blogs of others, being as thoughtful and respectful as you have been with me. Thank you and God bless you all!