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Weekly Blog

They want to know YOUR Christmas story

Monthly theme: “Yes, with the help of God” Reading time: two minutes You defined what your ministry would be in your first day at the church. It may be your best, (and shortest) sermon ever. When you were asked if you were ready to fulfill the duties of your… Read More

Thankful, even for the challenges

Reading time: two minutes You’re entering into one of the most challenging, busy seasons of ministry. I know your heartfelt thanks for all the blessings in your life: family, fitness, food, faith, friends. Can you be thankful in the midst of challenges and hardships, such as those the days ahead… Read More

Are your dollars sneaking out?

Monthly theme: Intentionality Reading time: two minutes When’s the best time to plant a tree? Thirty years ago. When’s the second best time? Today. Our good friend from Concordia Plans, Eustolio Gomez taught this “Canadian Proverb” at about 200 Grace Place retreats! Isn’t it odd how thirty years can seem… Read More

Is poor physical condition sneaky? Well, sometimes.

Monthly theme: Intentionality Reading time: two minutes Fleetwood Mac sang, “I can’t help it ’bout the shape I’m in…” True. Sort of. We’re all born with certain physical limits, some with greater limits than others. The sudden onset of illness or an injury will certainly affect our physical capacity. But… Read More

Relational failure is sneaky, too.

Monthly theme: Intentionality Reading time: two minutes I started with this last week. I’ll say it again. Most failure is “sneaky failure.” I can’t image that Eli, the priest planned for his sons to be scoundrels. David certainly didn’t wake up one day and wonder whose home and marriage he… Read More

Spiritual failure is sneaky failure

Monthly theme: Intentionality Reading time: two minutes Most failure is “sneaky failure.” No football player sets his sights on the all-time record for fumbles. It just happens. Bad habits. Not paying attention. Out of position. Laziness. You look around after the last game: all-time record. It sneaks up on you. Read More

You’re blessed and broken and given and blessed and…

Monthly theme: Vocation Reading time: two minutes There is more autobiographical information about the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians than in any other letter. It’s worthy of our attention. I’ve often considered that Romans chapter 1 held Paul’s personal statement of mission: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel…”… Read More

Given: You ARE a gift from God to the world

Monthly theme: Vocation Reading time: two minutes The world needs Jesus. God gave them you. Hmmm. This business of vocation, especially for those called into the Office of the Ministry, is puzzling at times, and always humbling. Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder what God was thinking?… Read More

Your brokenness opens you to God’s goodness.

Monthly theme: Vocation Reading time: two minutes “He has filled the hungry with good things” (Luke 1:53). Brokenness keeps us hungry. I’ve been reading Glenn Packiam’s “Blessed Broken Given” and thinking about how it relates to our understanding of vocation. It seems to me that “broken” is closely connected to… Read More

Blessed, Broken, Given. That’s YOU!

Monthly theme: Vocation Reading time: two minutes Jesus often took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the hungry (see the 5000 and the 4000, the Last Supper, Easter at Emmaus, etc.). He once told the disciples that He is the Light of the world, (John 8:12) and… Read More

The Psalms could be the thorn you need!

Monthly theme: Humility. Reading time: two minutes. I think the Apostle Paul would love the way we teach The Lutheran Wellness Wheel. Our one word definition of Vocational Wellness is “Humility.” There’s joy to be found in the wondrous call of God to use frail, imperfect people like us in… Read More

Cross bearing, humility, and joy!

Monthly theme: Humility. Reading time: two minutes. A guy I know wrote, “Ministry is great, but hard, because it’s the way of the cross.” Jesus told us that the way of following Him into kingdom service would be the way of the cross. See for example, “Blessed are you when… Read More