The Word

The Body of Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As I walk through the Hy-Vee down the street and many other stores around town, I see that school supplies are beginning to hit the shelves. Last year when we arrived in Iowa City, school was just starting and we saw the hustle and… Read More»

Servanthood

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – Just as Jesus came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28),      we are called to serve Jesus by serving others. Christ is our example of servanthood. He is our reason for serving. He is the One who calls us to… Read More»

Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! The women had seen the empty tomb and so had some of the disciples.  They believed Jesus had risen from the dead. This news spread throughout Jerusalem, the Lord had risen. But not everyone believed. The… Read More»

Finishing the Race

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – This past Wednesday was a race.  You know the kind of day.  My calendar was booked solid; one meeting after another and that doesn’t account for the work that needed done. Confirmation is just a few weeks away and I had to check… Read More»

Ashes for Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40-day period that is reminiscent of Christ’s 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. We are reminded of the temptation that our Lord endured during this time of solitude. We can’t help but… Read More»

Focus on Love

Dear Christian friends:   Here comes February and St. Valentine’s Day and the world’s focus on love.   It can be said that love is the foundation for a relationship and trust is the way to keep that fellowship straight and true. Essential to a loving relationship with Christ is… Read More»

Resolutions

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, With the start of the New Year, many people set goals to work toward in the next year. Resolutions are made to be better in the next year than we have been in the past. These resolutions may be centered on our health, perhaps… Read More»

Peace on Earth

Dear Christian friends: Peace.  Peace on Earth. The hymn Silent Night speaks of Christ sleeping in heavenly peace.  Bing Crosby and David Bowie sing their popular duet Peace on Earth / The Little Drummer Boy.  The poem turned carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day speaks of peace.  Most… Read More»

All Saints Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, All Saints Day is upon us yet again. It is a time when we remember those that have passed away in the faith. Feelings for and memories of our loved ones, flood our thoughts again. We remember those that have gone before us to… Read More»

It is “Immeasurably More”

Grace, mercy, and peace – As I write this letter, I am sitting in Luther Hall on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  This is the annual meeting of Vicarage Supervisors. Why am I here? It is not required, but it is beneficial. Beneficial for me… Read More»