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 God…

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 a…

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 against…

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 particular…

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 big…

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 and…

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 the…

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 we…

A New Year… A New Song

So this is Christmas, And what have you done. Another year over, And a new one just begun. A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one. Without any fear. John Lennon, “so this is Christmas.” No offense to Lennon fans, but this is really not one of my favorite songs, not least because we…

Peace on Earth

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I…