March 29, 2017

It took a long time for people to start asking God for things.

The first 14 chapters of Genesis tell of the creation, the fall of Adam and Eve, the Tower of Babel, Noah and the flood, and the call of Abram.

Those chapters hint at the misdeeds of the people, leading to th...

For many there is a desire to understand the Holy, to understand God in a way that will bring them closer to what it is God is doing in our midst. The disciples were absolutely no exception. In both accounts where we find the formula for the Lord’s Prayer, the disciple...

March 15, 2017

My wife Sue and I attended Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, CA on Transfiguration Sunday. Hope Lutheran has a very large welcoming congregation that worships in a modern building with beautiful stained-glass windows. We attended the traditional liturgical service,...

Dear Members and Friends of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church,

In this most Holy time of Lent, and in the spirit of events that have transpired over the last week in our nation, please let me greet you with the spirit and grace of shalom. 

Over the past week or s...

March 1, 2017

I love the confession of sins. It gets me focused for Sunday worship. At St. Stephen's we start each service with either a Confession and Forgiveness dialog, or a Thanksgiving for Baptism dialog. The two are not unrelated. The Thanksgiving for Baptism focuses on baptis...

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