Each Monday on the blog I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Festival of the Holy Trinity are as follows: Sunday June 16, 2019: Revised Common Lectionary- The Holy Trinity (Year C) First Lesson: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- June 16, 2019- The Holy Trinity
Looking back at 2016, there was a fantastic weekend in early November that has been giving me joy ever since. Allison was ordained, and I was consecrated as a Deacon. Continue reading Consecration and Ordination
This past weekend I was invited to preach at Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Calvary is served by pastors Sheryl and Chris Kester Beyer. I preached on 2 Samuel 7:1-17, the focus text for the Narrative Lectionary for the day, and as part of the congregation’s stewardship focus and Consecration Sunday. If you prefer to listen, the congregation shares their sermons via podcast here, otherwise what … Continue reading David- Legacy, and Gratitude within and because of God’s Promises
Earlier this week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) released a 19-page “consultation paper on future directions of the ELCA,” entitled, “Called Forward Together in Christ for the sake of the world.” According to the title page, “This directions paper shares the key messages harvested through conversations across the ELCA. We invite you to comment on the directions and priorities that have emerged.” If you … Continue reading Called Forward Together in Christ for the sake of the world
There’s been a great deal of discussion over the past couple of years online, in teaching, leading, and writing, about the the distinction between a “Yes, and” and a “Yes, but,” culture and approach. This morning it hit me, that I feel called to serve a “Yes, and” Church, and not a “Yes, but” Church. I believe I am part of a “Yes, and” church … Continue reading The “Yes, And” Church
Those of you who follow this blog regularly, know that my wife Allison is currently serving a pastoral internship. While she is doing that, I am working for the same congregation as its mission developer for its north campus, as well as working for the local synod around social media and the possibility of a lay school of theology. About a year ago, I shared … Continue reading When the Holy Spirit Leads to the Cornhusker State
Earlier this summer I wrote and shared about being “Towards Approval.” Well, I can happily report that I have officially been approved by the candidacy committee of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to be an Associate in Ministry. To translate, this means that the larger church that I am a part of has formally approved me for being … Continue reading Approved… Now What?