Resurrection

Resurrection

“Christians believe in reincarnation… they confess it whenever they say their creeds.” As my World Religions professor spoke these words to our university class almost 20 years ago, I was a bit dumbfounded. My first reaction was to think, “No, we don’t! That’s...
Humility First

Humility First

“Love everybody!” That must be good, because it sounds like a Bible verse. Everybody is God’s creation, so we should extend that respect and love to all people. But what if someone tells me that I’m not “loving” them unless I support their sexual promiscuity, same-sex...
Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

Some days are full of optimism; some days look hopeless. Although this could describe the ebb and flow of many ministries, it is especially true of “renewal” work. I was called in 2014 to Immanuel Lutheran of Eugene, Oregon as its “renewal” pastor. At that time our...
Here I Stand: Against the Church?

Here I Stand: Against the Church?

“Unless I am convinced by the teachings of Holy Scripture or by sound reasoning… I am tied by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against my conscience is neither safe nor right. Here I stand. God help me!...
Son Rise

Son Rise

Right before dawn, I’d like to grab a seat on the top of Mount Nebo in Israel, to stare into the darkness to see if I can make out the image of a cross. There actually is a cross there on top of Mount Nebo. It’s a bronze cross, created by an Italian artist, Giovanni...