Tag: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Consecration and Ordination

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.

David- Legacy, and Gratitude within and because of God’s Promises

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

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Called Forward Together in Christ for the sake of the world

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

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The “Yes, And” Church

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.

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When the Holy Spirit Leads to the Cornhusker State

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

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Approved… Now What?

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

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