7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together

Why do we worship together? The Lord commanded us to. Not because God needs our worship but we need to be in worship with a church family, because… -In worship is where God has promised to meet you through His Word and through His Sacraments. -you grow in your trust and knowledge of who GodContinue reading “7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together”

House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)

Being a landlord is an adventure I never wanted to experience but one that was thrown upon me by necessity. We bought our house in New Jersey before the financial bubble burst with every intent of staying there for a very long time but both God and life, as happens, had other plans. But thenContinue reading “House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)”

The Place Next To Us At The Altar: Meditation on Dying in Jesus for All Saint’s Day

Many years back I attended a worship service at one of our Sister LCMS congregations on All Saint’s Day. I don’t remember sermon at all, which always sounds funny coming from a preacher, but it’s true. But that doesn’t always really matter, I couldn’t tell you what meal mom made for me on November 1st,Continue reading “The Place Next To Us At The Altar: Meditation on Dying in Jesus for All Saint’s Day”

Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?

There is something scandalous about baptism. When parents come to have their children baptized, when I came to the waters of Holy Baptism to pour the baptismal water on my children’s little foreheads, there is something scandalous that happens there. Parents are bringing these children to the water and saying that their children have aContinue reading “Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?”

Cake…

I’m thinking about never eating cake again. Well, probably not never, probably will have some this weekend at a birthday party, but at least never see cake the same way again. Maybe you’ve heard about the whole Christian baker not wanting to bake a cake for a gay wedding because she felt it was againstContinue reading “Cake…”

Our Easter Photo Album

My wife and I were cleaning out some old cupboards this past week and we came across one of our old wedding albums. When the kids realized what it was they had a blast looking at all of the old pictures of mom and dad before they were mom and dad. This album in particularContinue reading “Our Easter Photo Album”

How do you see Jesus?

I don’t think I like text messaging very much. Like most of my generation I use it all the time and I’m very comfortable with it, but I just don’t think I like it all that much. I’ve been surprised how much text messaging, messaging on Facebook and the like has become such a bigContinue reading “How do you see Jesus?”

Where you are planted…

When Shiloh and I bought our first home in Galloway NJ, we planted a tree. I remember the experience because it was one of those first big kinds of milestones in our life. We had been living in dorms and then apartments, then rented houses, but now this was our house, it was exciting andContinue reading “Where you are planted…”

It’s bigger than that…

The second reading for this coming Sunday comes from Romans chapter 6 verse 11, “so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” When Pastor Paul says this he is addressing a question asked of him, basically saying “does it matter how I live?” We already know theContinue reading “It’s bigger than that…”

What would we bring?

What gift would you bring to give to Jesus? We’ve just come out of the season of gift giving and gift buying and I’m pretty sure we’re out of the season when people wait in really long lines at the store, just to participate in that yearly holiday tradition- gift returning. But this Sunday weContinue reading “What would we bring?”