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...
Closest Thing to Jesus?

Closest Thing to Jesus?

Last year in June, a group of former NFL stars traveled to Rome for a meeting with the Pope. Former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin summed up the experience: “This was a wonderful day. Just to have an opportunity to shake his hand and to feel his presence in...
Laughing at God’s Plan

Laughing at God’s Plan

In Genesis 17 and 18, on separate occasions, both Abraham and Sarah struggle to contain their laughter at God’s promise to bless them with a son. The childless couple are nearing 100 and 90 years old, respectively. What a ludicrous idea! God has been too slow to keep...
The Shrinking Pie

The Shrinking Pie

Statistics tell us 80% of North American churches have either stopped growing (plateaued) or are actually shrinking. We’re talking all churches, including those with a high view of Scripture. Just the other day I heard a pastor of a very conservative Lutheran church...