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...
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...