Now that our daily habits have been completely altered by the covid-19 pandemic, I thought maybe we could stand to take a moment to lighten things up for a bit. So, I came up with a partial list of things we could do while stuck inside our homes with our families and no sports on … Continue reading Things to Do While Social Distancing
Obviously, life has changed a whole lot in the past few days. Michigan voted in the Presidential primary on Tuesday 3/10, and that seems like months ago as I write this on Sunday 3/15. The world is in a health crisis. So is our nation, our state, our community. Wherever you are, your situation is … Continue reading Covid-19 Special Edition: To Gather or Not?
If you've been reading me for any length of time here, you know a big part of what I like to do is dispel myth - to shine the light of truth, history and fact on the lies that get repeated so many times they eventually become accepted as fact. I've already tackled some of … Continue reading The Evils of Christianity
So, in previous posts (one and two), I have attempted to answer what makes Lutherans different, and why I am a Lutheran. This is the last (intended) post on this topic, and it is actually the answer to the original question that started it all, from a reader who asked what the difference was between … Continue reading The Lutheran Difference, Part 3
I don't know if you go to a church that recognizes Ash Wednesday, or if you go to church at all, but I want to urge you to find a church that practices the imposition of ashes and go to it on Wednesday night (2/26/20). It may seem like "a Catholic thing," but it's not. … Continue reading Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
This Sunday, February 23rd, is a very special day for our family. 13 years ago, Daniel Grady Schmidt, our second child, was born not breathing. It's just "one of those things" that can happen that you never think will happen to you. We were blessed that he survived. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which … Continue reading Meet Our Son, Daniel
In a previous post, I began exploring the question of why I am Lutheran, particularly with all of the choices out there among Christian denominations. While there are differences among Lutherans (a topic which I will explore in a future post), let's take a look at what makes Lutheranism in general different from other Christian … Continue reading The Lutheran Difference, Part 2
In a previous post, I began exploring the question of what makes Lutheranism different from other Christian denominations, and why that is appealing to me. I think it's especially interesting to people because I have spent time studying and teaching about religion and theology, and because I have spent time worshiping at and with many … Continue reading A Tangent: Denominationalism
As many of you know by now, I was raised in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Then, as an adult I spent a great deal of time "church shopping" my way through other Christian denominations before God brought me back into the LCMS. One of the things I did not like about the LCMS … Continue reading Why Do We Do That: Vestments
You probably don't think of yourself as a theologian. After all, you aren't some crazy-haired, old university professor in a tweed jacket with elbow patches and a pipe, sitting in a mahogany office filled with dusty old volumes written by dead guys, postulating on the metaphysical and epistemological essence of the existence of deity, right? … Continue reading Dirty Words: Theology, Doctrine & Dogma, Oh My!