The Word

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»

Greetings from Israel

Greetings … from the land of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, from the land flowing with milk and honey, from the land of Joshua, Caleb, the Judges, and Samuel, from the land of the United Kingdom, Saul, David, and Solomon, from the land of the Divided Kingdom, Israel to… Read More»

Vicar Adelsen Farewell

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I arrived at Our Redeemer Lutheran, there were “Colorado Peaches” signs outside the church. Those signs later were removed and the peach truck arrived. Those signs for “Colorado Peaches” have now returned to the property. Wow! I can’t believe that I have served… Read More»

Learning Opportunities

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – It is the time of year for graduations.  Keynote speakers are lining up at college graduations, while preschoolers are practicing lining up for their graduations.  Valedictorians are practicing their words of wit, while seminary students are thrilled to hear the words, “You graduated,”… Read More»

Share the Gospel!

I sat to the side of the sanctuary.  I arrived early, and not only did I observe the pews fill up with well-dressed people, but I could feel the excitement in the air.  It was palpable.  As the organ bellowed notes, the men and women present belted out the hymn.… Read More»

Jesus, Our Present Hope

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen, indeed! Alleluia! Two-thousand years ago, Jesus changed the world. He changed the world for the better. Far better. When Jesus became Incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and made man, the world was in need of a savior. Some people… Read More»

Fighting Temptation

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Tonight I watched the Disneyland 60th Anniversary television special. I remember that as a teenager I watched the Disneyland 25th Anniversary special. I had been to Walt Disney World several times in my life by then, but I could not imagine going to Disneyland.… Read More»

Ashes Show Our Need for Jesus

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Ashes show our need for Jesus. Ash Wednesday falls on February 10th this year and that day marks the beginning of the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, Christians receive ashes upon their forehead to serve as a symbol of our repentance and of… Read More»