The Lord is Good

The Lord is Good

We pursued an unusual theme for Lenten services a few years ago. Our pastors and leaders at Stavanger Lutheran Church took turns speaking on the theme, “Sensing the Gospel.” Our aim was to contemplate Lent and the passion of Christ through the five senses: sight,...
An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

God has a divine sense of humor, as well as perfect timing. He sent us an unexpected visitor that we should have been expecting.It was October 14, and I was reaching the culmination of a pointed sermon. It was my third Sunday of unpacking our church’s proposed new...
No Soap Opera Christmas

No Soap Opera Christmas

I saw a TV show about a Scandinavian woman who was cut off by her parents at age 16 because she wouldn’t live by the strict rules of their religion—one that we would consider a cult. The young woman grew up and had a daughter of her own. When the daughter became an...
Chains for Christ

Chains for Christ

Other people can be very flippant regarding your struggles. You may be struggling through a long illness, disability, loss of job and income, a fractured vital relationship… Whatever it is, you feel completely stuck. It doesn’t go away; it doesn’t “get better.” And...
BC18: Revisited

BC18: Revisited

True confession: Driving up Interstate 94 on June 8, I was having second thoughts, or at least a powerful sense of “non-excitement.” As a veteran of nearly thirty Church of the Lutheran Brethren Annual (and now Biennial) Conventions, I wondered whether this was really...