Being Heard

I listen to a lot of podcasts. The content varies. Some are news. Some are true-crime stories. Some are religious. For a very long time, religious podcasts seemed to fall into a few categories. They were podcasts of church sermons. That was not what I was looking for. They were so heavy into philosophy that I couldn't understand them. This was supposed to be background noise, not a college philosophy course. They were extremely conservative. I listen to some of those. I think it valuable to have an understanding of what other people are thinking, even if I don’t believe it. I don’t believe what they’re saying. These are the podcasts that continually assure me that I'm doomed to hell because

Eastertide - 50 Days of Celebration

We are well into Eastertide, about halfway through. Hopefully you have gathered from worship and music that we are still in full Easter celebration mode. Easter is not just on Easter Sunday. It actually begins with the Vigil and concludes on Pentecost Sunday - Eastertide - fifty days of celebration. And really, doesn’t the resurrection and promise of eternal life through the grace of Jesus Christ and love of God deserve such celebration? All you need to do is Google the word ‘Eastertide’ and you will see that it has a rich, complex, and rather complicated history to follow. But there seems to be two recurring themes. The first celebration. This is the celebration of the resurrection, filled

Mind the Gap

Last Sunday’s Gospel lesson was the story of Doubting Thomas. This is the Gospel lesson every year on the Sunday after Easter. Pastor Jason used it as an opportunity to seek out more about Thomas in the Bible and fill in a few gaps about this apostle. There isn’t much about Thomas, but it turns out that he needs a better nickname than “doubting.” A comment I saw online, referring to Thomas, led me to a whole different search. "If you think it'd be easier to have faith in Christ if He'd appear before you, remember that John the Baptist - the "greatest man" ever born - sent his disciples to ask if Jesus was the Messiah even after John had literally heard God Himself speak from the Heavens and

Way to Lead

Between recovery from Holy Week and Easter, vacation, visiting parents and a funeral, Pastor Jason is taking a break from the blog today. However, we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to participate in a brief survey. This means everyone. If you are reading this blog, you probably have some sort of relationship with St. Stephen's, and we want to hear from you too. The survey can be found at: Way to Lead Assessment survey (http://waytolead.org/take-lead-assessment/) The password is: Assessment-cong (case senstitive) It only takes about 5 minutes to complete, but it is important for us as a congregation. St. Stephen's is starting participation in the LEAD program (Live Eve

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St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve

 

1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806

302-652-7623  office@ststeph.org

As a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, we believe that the gospel is God's gift to all people, shared unconditionally and without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or family status, age, physical or mental abilities, outward appearance, or religious affiliation. We seek to live the truth written in Ephesians that Christ breaks down the dividing walls between us and makes us one.

 

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

1301 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

302-652-7623 office@ststeph.org

 

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Delaware-Maryland Synod.

 

 

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