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Weekly column answering questions on life, faith, religion, spirituality, and the Bible from a solidly Lutheran perspective.
2016-03-19 18:53
Oh, my! This time of the year we often hear the strains of O Christmas Tree and O Holy Night playing on radios and in shopping malls. The Christian Church, however, is still officially in t… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
It was an ironic Kris Kristofferson song. It has become a somewhat clichéd expression. However, the phrase “best of all possible worlds” actually comes from a serious phi… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
This time around, I thought I’d reply to some random questions from youth that I recently received.1. What type of fish swallowed Jonah? The Bible doesn’t tell us. The Hebrew me… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Want to say no without actually saying, “No”? It’s easy — agree with someone and then add a “but.” We like to use “but” to disagree with… Read More
2015-12-25 07:04
Those of us whose vocations involve writing or speaking about religion often see in the major holy days a two-edged sword. On one hand, most of the pastors I know could roll out of bed at t… Read More
2015-07-04 07:02
Psalm 146:3 says, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” The Church’s track record of remembering this advice is pretty poor, howe… Read More
2015-02-11 06:12
I recently began working with the Johnson County Hospice. When first asked to apply, I considered some of the ethical and religious underpinnings of hospice care. I didn’t want to get… Read More
2014-05-13 06:04
Over the past several years, a running internet joke has returned each spring. Picking up on a phrase from a famous movie series, four days into the fifth month, we’re swamped with the… Read More
2013-05-15 17:09
Genesis 11:1-9 is the appointed reading for Pentecost in the One Year Lectionary and Year C of the Three Year cycle of readings. It tells of the confusion of tongues at Babel. Pentecost show… Read More
2013-04-30 14:53
As a Lutheran pastor and theologian, I continually receive questions about my church: Who are we, where do we come from, what do we believe? Since we Lutherans have a very special remembranc… Read More

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