Overhearing a random act of ministry

Overhearing a random act of ministry


Overhearing a random act of ministry

Just one example: Chaplain Steve Lee, head of Peace Officer Ministries, at work, somewhere. The police called me from the house of a woman with a gun to her head. That’s the conversation I overheard in the hallway outside my office. (A workshop for chaplains, peace officers and pastors, focusing on effective Christian ministry to and through law enforcement is meeting at Concordia Seminary this week.) The rest of the story involved 16 cats, animal control, health and human services, and the woman ‘gun to her head’ shouting out the window, You’re not taking away my babies! The end of the story involved this particular chaplain talking the woman down, averting disaster, and restoring calm to the neighborhood

Budding Birder

Budding Birder


Budding Birder

How about that! I actually saw a cerulean warbler. But it wouldn’t have happened without some help. At Lost Valley Trail in Weldon Spring, MO, I ran into a more experienced birder who went by the name, Rad


Easter 6 · John 15:9-17 · May 17, 2009


Easter 6 · John 15:9-17 · May 17, 2009

By Quentin F. Wesselschmidt Preliminary considerations: In his recent book, The Lost History of Christianity (New York: HarperOne, 2008), Philip Jenkins writes: In the late ninth century, an elderly Egyptian monk shocked his Muslim listeners when he explicitly denied that Christianity could be supported purely on the grounds of reason, and agreed that ideas like ..


Easter 5 · John 15:1-8 · May 10, 2009


Easter 5 · John 15:1-8 · May 10, 2009

By Henry Gerike The Great Fifty Days of Easter continue as the Church explores how it stays alive. Christ’s resurrection certainly makes us alive. To remain alive in Christ is to stay connected to him through his Word and the Sacraments. The idea of the vineyard and the vine is not new; it was already ..

Lutherans and Earth Day

Lutherans and Earth Day


Lutherans and Earth Day

Last year in a little article, “Can Lutherans Observe Earth Day?” I asked if being theologically conservative required us to be politically conservative on social issues like the environment. After all, Luther’s recovery of the Gospel led him to revalue creation as our good home

Animal “rights?”

Animal “rights?”


Animal “rights?”

My colleague, Tim Saleska, put me on to an op-ed in the New York Times regarding a ballot initiative that was passed by Californians to ban certain factory farm practices. In particular, it states that farm animals cannot be confined for their entire lives to cages in which they cannot move

The Vanguard of the New Creation

The Vanguard of the New Creation


The Vanguard of the New Creation

Sometimes I wonder if we conservative Christians have become what might be called second and third article Christians (that is we care only about the second & third articles of the Nicene Creed). In other words, we think of Jesus as the one who gets us to heaven with the result that we then regard creation as of little importance by comparison


Lent 4 · John 3:14-21 · March 22, 2009


Lent 4 · John 3:14-21 · March 22, 2009

By Robert Rosin Although the reading begins with verse 14, the context from the start of the chapter is helpful. Nicodemus, a learned man, an expert in the law, and a leader of the religious community (Sanhedrin), came by night to see Jesus—to see but not be seen. Darkness provided cover, giving Nicodemus hope that ..


Easter 3 · 1 Peter 1:17-25 · April 6, 2008


Easter 3 · 1 Peter 1:17-25 · April 6, 2008

By Arthur E. Graudin, Textual Considerations: The words “judges each one according to each one’s deeds” (1:17) (ESV) are a reminder of the final judgment described by Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46. Good deeds do not earn salvation but are the evidence of faith. The words εv φοβω (1:17) have been translated “with fear” (ESV), “in fear” ..