on August 14th, 2020
Yesterday was one of those days. Put too much salt in my oatmeal. Mistimed my morning run, and the storm hit right when I was ready to step out the door. Kept forgetting my facemask. Concentration was nonexistent. Yes, one of those days, except I haven’t had a day like this in over 21 years, well, maybe ever. I had to get up in front of the congregation and all the people I deeply love and tell them that I have accepted a call to be the pastor at another church: St. Paul’s in Beatrice, Nebraska.
Jesus Christ Proclaimed
on August 12th, 2020
One of the things that I love about the book of Acts is that it quickly shifts from one scene to another. It almost reads like a comic book. From panel to panel the story moves. The coming of the Holy Spirit, miraculous healings, Apostles arrested, trials, Saul persecuting, Saul converted, Gentiles believers, shipwrecks, conspiracies, angels, dissensions, risks, arduous journeys, all in service to the proclamation of Jesus Christ.
Sexual Morality in a Christless World
on August 5th, 2020
The 21st Century Christian view of sexual ethics is countercultural when it comes to same-sex marriage, promiscuity, and temptation. But the same could be said of Jesus’s day — in fact, the situation was much worse. As Rueger explores, the Romans and Jews each had views that were often set in direct opposition to the growing church.
Not Peddlers of Trifles
on July 29th, 2020
“For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:17There is no greater, pathetic sight in our day than the sight of a church that grovels. Not groveling at the feet of her Lord, which is the picture of prayer. But groveling, begging for a place among the voices of the world that clamo...
Deliberating a Call
on July 24th, 2020
To my dearest brothers and sister in Jesus Christ,As you might have already heard that I have received and am currently considering a divine call to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. Karen and I flew down for a visit last week to talk with them there. We’re still in the middle of the decision process. It is an especially difficult decision for many reasons. We’ve been here at C...
God the Poet
on July 8th, 2020
I remember a professor of mine saying this to our class in college: “Our faith is like the ocean. It is shallow enough that even a child can wade through it, but deep enough that you can grab snorkeling gear and never be finished searching the nooks and the crannies far deep below.”
Phase 2 Update
on June 30th, 2020
As we seek to navigate the pandemic situation, we most of all seek to remain faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the great commission as we reach out with the Gospel to our church family and our community. I wish to thank the whole church staff and the members of Christ Lutheran for pulling together and helping one another out through all of this. You’re such a blessing and gift of God!
on June 17th, 2020
Since the pandemic has not worsened and the rate of new cases appears to be declining for Wisconsin and phase one has worked well, here is our plan for the next step as we hopefully and prayerfully anticipate further forward steps in the future. Our next phase will begin on Thurs., June 18. Please note the big change in #5 below!
What Do You Think Jesus Would Do About Current Events?
on June 10th, 2020
Y’know, I sometimes wonder how Jesus would take current events. When approached with the issues that occupy our time, what would he say? Would he be outraged like us? Would he choose sides and condemn side x or issue z?
on June 9th, 2020
I’m excited to say that there are now 36 new materials at the church library! Many of these are recently published titles from Concordia Publishing House, an LCMS publisher, and cover all kinds of topics. A special thank you to those who made a donation toward the Library Fund or contributed books, which made the additions possible.
Update to Phase 1
on June 6th, 2020
God willing, we can have some changes each week that lessen the restrictions we are voluntarily placing upon ourselves for the common good! Here is one change right away. We’ll be having communion this Sunday and on June 21. (The 14th and 28th are non-communion Sundays in our current schedule.) As part of communion, we will be having the standard individual cups and the regular wafers for bread.
on May 27th, 2020
70 years. Can you imagine being away from Church, from family, or from friends for 70 years? Most of us wouldn’t survive that long to see it. For me to wait 70 years right now would put me at the ripe old age of 98. Who even knows if God will grant me such a life!