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: Be Prepared

Pastor's Logos: Be Prepared

I watched the storm clouds approach on radar. The radar showed yellow, red, purple and another very dark color I could not name.

I saw the clouds coming and I reacted by saying: “Well, they are not here yet.”

When I got into the car to leave for Lincoln to take my granddaughter back home, the sky was getting quite dark.

 “Papa, you better hurry the storm is coming,” my granddaughter said.  

I told her we would go as fast and as safely as possible. I said we would be fine and would get her home before the storm hits. And we did just that.

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Pastor's Logos: We should know OUR history

Pastor's Logos: We should know OUR history

Americans have real issues with history. For the most part, they are quite ill informed, compared to many countries around the world.

In Israel, you get a one year course on the history of the Jewish people. World history is a part of their military training. For many Americans, history was one of the most boring classes in high school. This is very sad to me, for a number of reasons.

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Pastor's Logos: Our Young People

Pastor's Logos: Our Young People

This past Sunday was not only Mother’s Day, but also a youth led worship here at St. Paul’s. Our young people did a wonderful job! Their authentic sharing of their faith and gifts made worship very special and every mom was proud.

Recently, I have been hearing and seeing articles and commentaries on how young people today are perceived. They have been accused of being lazy, entitled, uninformed and immature. This is the short list. Yes, I am sure there are people in every generation that share these mentioned negative attributes. But my experience with our young people of today is quite the opposite.

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Pastor's Logos: Leadership

Pastor's Logos: Leadership

Leadership in today’s world is not easy. In fact, it is fraught with dangers, political and social landmines everywhere. The role of a leader in the Kingdom of God is one of serving, not always leading from the front, sometimes from the back or the side or even carrying those we are called to lead. Sometimes people don’t want to be led or feel they are better at it by themselves.  Sometimes those we lead resist to the point of conflict.

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Pastor’s Logos: Take Care of the Earth God Gave us

Pastor’s Logos: Take Care of the Earth God Gave us

In Israel, they plant a tree to bless and remember their loved ones. At the Holocaust Museum, there is a section called the Grove of the Righteous that honors and remembers those who aided the Jews during the holocaust. In the United States, many of us plant trees for all sorts of reason: ornamental, environmental, and yes, in memory of loved ones gone.

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