On Holy Ground

At the burning bush Moses was asked to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. [1] Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. [2]…

What To Expect When You Get Married By Your Brother

Professional clergy persons call them “official acts.” Folks who go for online ordination might call them “the big three”: weddings, baptisms and funerals. After four years of college and four years of seminary in order to qualify for ordination in my church denomination, and 30+ years of professional ministry which included officiating at countless official…

Do We Need Another Reformation?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation today, some have wondered if it is time for another Reformation. In typical Lutheran fashion I would answer that question, “Yes and No.” No, in the sense that what Martin Luther taught starting 500 years ago is still true and is still being taught in many…

Harvest Time, Part Three

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, ESV) The missionaries to America that we have been focusing on during this mission series have what I call a heroic faith. They have endured much more than…

Harvest Time, Part Two

If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: [5] circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; [6] as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the…

Bank Robbery – Sort of

There is more than one way to rob a bank. Let me explain. Time and weather had taken their toll on the interior of the Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Owatonna, robbing it of its amazing beauty. So the bank embarked on extensive renovations that involved placing an elaborate system of scaffolding and platforms throughout…