Purely Academic?

Purely Academic?


Purely Academic?

I like crossword puzzles. I do a couple (or more) each day. That doesn’t mean I’ve mastered them. Usually I don’t get far on Thursday’s NY Times crossword in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Recently I came across a clue and answer that made me stop and think about academics, theology and preaching…

A Changed Confession

A Changed Confession


A Changed Confession

Last February I changed the confession of sins that was to be used in the worship services.  I regularly assist at Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors (a north suburb of St. Louis), and that weekend the three services were to use Creative Worship from the Synod.  Since the congregation is vacant, I was the ..

What Statistics Say — and Don’t

What Statistics Say — and Don’t


What Statistics Say — and Don’t

As the Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, I keep track of how many congregations apply for a vicar and how many students are available for vicarage assignment.  A three ring binder sits on a bookshelf and I can go back to 1990 – the year I began in this position.  The number of congregations ..

Whatever is Commendable

Whatever is Commendable


Whatever is Commendable

Whatever is Commendable – Think about (Doing Phil. 4:8) On Dec. 28, 2009 I cut out a comic and put it on our refrigerator. Lola (written by Todd Clark and run in the St. Louis Post Dispatch) is a somewhat crass, worldly grandma living with her son and his family. The first panel has her ..