This is a great little article, especially the 2nd half of it. We Lutherans talk about law and gospel. Being a Pastor has the gospel portions of the job which are what most people see on Sunday Morning. The Law portions are just all the little things it takes keep a “civil society” institution open. . . . → Read More: The Work of Civil Society
Biblical Text: Luke 20:27-40 Full Sermon Draft
The first part of this sermon is a little snarky-er than usual. Sometimes you read something that just makes you want to say “well, what did you come out to see(Luke 7:24)”. Or in most cases it is more akin to desiring to say something like – . . . → Read More: Resurrection Certainty
I usually try and write something at least every other day, but this week it just didn’t really make it to print.
Things tended to come as short intuitive blips, but of the sort that even investing 2000 words, you knew you could illustrate the point, but it wouldn’t make a difference.
For example, take . . . → Read More: Ruminations
.I’m only about 100 pages into it, but This is a Great Story. It is about the company and the coders behind WordPress. If you don’t know what WordPress is they might even take that as a compliment. Right now, something like 20% of the internet, including this website, functions on WordPress. The program or . . . → Read More: Two Great Business Metaphors for the Law and the Gospel
First the who, what, where and why facts. The author of Pastrix, Nadia Bolz-Weber, is an ELCA pastor at a church plant in Colorado called House for All Sinners and Saints. You could say she is a second career minister if you accept a prodigal life as a first career. The cover photo gives you . . . → Read More: Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber – A Book Review
I’m an LCMS pastor, so there are a good many things that we would not agree on. That said, the beating core of the faith and the office this woman gets. If Mom & Dad were looking for a minister in her area, I’d be hard pressed to not say go there…
Seeing the . . . → Read More: Exercising the Office
Here is NPR with economist Tyler Cowen on his new book, Average is Over. The core of Cowen’s thesis is that we have become used to looking at things like the average or median wage to gauge the economy. In post-WW2 USA, and really in the US for most of its experience, the economy (GDP) . . . → Read More: Inequality & Spirituality
That title is a quote of something Jesus must have liked to say. It pops up five times in the Gospels (Matthew 13:12, 25:29, Mark 4:25, Luke 8:18, 19:26). The contexts are different, but a general first pass interpretation is simply be watchful what you lend credence, both with your head and your hands. What . . . → Read More: To those who have, more will be given, to those who have not…
Biblical Text: Galatians 1:1-12 Full Sermon Draft
This week was the 2nd week after Pentecost otherwise known as the first week of ordinary time or the first of many Sundays with green altar cloths. The lectionary during these times is something called a lectio continua or a continuous reading of two books. The gospel . . . → Read More: The Apostle & The Gospel (or the false Gospel of ‘Christ and’)
David Brooks gets it, at least from a secular point, and in a way (especially if you look at the comments from the clueless multitude of Times readers) that is terribly sad. In this essay, he preaches half of my sermon this week much better than I could. The problem, as Babel told us, is . . . → Read More: The Vocabulary of the Spirit