So, now that you know what a sermon is, and now that you know that a sermon has to hit on both Law and Gospel, let's answer another common question: how in the world does a pastor decide what to preach on, every single week of the year, every year of his ministry? It essentially … Continue reading On Preaching, Part 2: What to Preach On?
In this installment of the "Why Do We Do That?" series, I hope to answer some fairly common questions about an integral part of the worship service and a primary responsibility of a pastor, the sermon. This week: What is a sermon and why do we do it? Next week: How do you decide what … Continue reading On Preaching, Part 1: What Is a Sermon?
Over the coming (school) year, the congregation I serve is going "Back To The Story." Each week, we are encouraging our church family to read along with the book The Story, which is a translation of the Bible in narrative form, making it easier to read as one continuous story. The sermons will focus on … Continue reading Can We Trust The Bible?
One of the things my Vicarage Supervisor* taught me is that it is critical for us as the Church to "Never forget what it's like not to know." Do you remember how scary it was to walk into a new church for the first time? How do they do things? Am I dressed appropriately? Will … Continue reading Why Do We Do That?
This week, my own kids are back in school, along with the school that is a crucial part of our ministry. I know some kids were back earlier, and some kids will go back later, but 'tis the season of returns.In so many ways, our lives in America revolve around the school year. That's true … Continue reading Come Back
Here we go! This marks the first entry of what I intend to be a weekly blog about life, ministry and yes, theology. With that in mind, I thought I would kick things off with some answers to questions you might be asking. So without further ado, here are some F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions): Who … Continue reading Welcome In, Welcome Back
...I've been here for years, I just haven't written or posted often enough. Well, all that is about to change! I have challenged myself - and asked the Communications Director of my church to hold me accountable - to write and post something every single week! So... Beginning August 19th, I will begin regular blogging, … Continue reading Don’t Call It a Comeback…
It’s official! I will be installed as the Lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Ministries in Saginaw, Michigan on Sunday, May 5th, at 3:00pm. You’re all invited if you can make it, and we would love to have you celebrate with us, either in person or from a distance.
The service will be at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave, Saginaw, MI 48602, with refreshments to follow.
Saginaw, it is!
Well, here we go.
After a great deal of prayer, thought, conversation and prayer, plus a lot of prayer, I have decided to accept the Call to become the Lead Pastor of Peace Lutheran Ministries in Saginaw, Michigan. I announced it to the people of Community Lutheran Church in Flat Rock, where I have served in my only call to this point, since 2011.
What a crazy thing, this call process. Since receiving the call the afternoon of Sunday, March 3rd, while I also happened to be at my buddy Sean’s installation at his new congregation (the McCoys are coming to Michigan, yay!), I have been both honored and humbled, while also feeling pulled in two different directions. It has taken a toll on me mentally, emotionally and physically, as well as on Heidi and to a lesser extent Ethan and Katy, who were a part of the decision-making process…
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He is considered the Rock Star of meteorologists, a face and name synonymous with extreme weather. He became famous for reporting on the scene of major weather events - and he may even be credited with making bald look cool. But while Jim Cantore has developed a reputation for reporting for The Weather Channel no … Continue reading The Storm King