Is the heart of Christianity about going to heaven?

It was the day I died. That opening line in movies and books has become kind of cliched but even now it still does a great job of pulling you in and wondering what happened, how and why they died and most importantly what they spent those last few days doing. How did they liveContinue reading “Is the heart of Christianity about going to heaven?”

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”

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which droveContinue reading “The Key”

“Love Goes…”

God is love. I want you to think about what love does. We have a beautiful list in Holy Scripture that is recounted at nearly every Christian wedding, called the way of love from I Corinthians 13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. ItContinue reading ““Love Goes…””

“They thought they were drunk…”

“They thought they were drunk…” Sometimes, people who haven’t actually read the Bible come up with this rather silly notion, that the Bible was written much later than it was, written by the winners of history (so to speak) to make the disciples and the Christian faith look good. So, we don’t actually have toContinue reading ““They thought they were drunk…””

“What you say matters”

What you say matters. Obviously, right? Maybe not always? We were raised with useless rhymes like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” But we know deep down inside that words hurt more than sticks and stones ever could. Words shape the core of who we are. Words canContinue reading ““What you say matters””

“For Jessica”

“So… what’s next?” This past week I travelled for a very brief trip to visit some good friends, friends who became family kind of friends, in Alabama. Their youngest daughter Jessica was graduating from High School and I made a promise a long time ago that I would see her walk. The next day whileContinue reading ““For Jessica””

Heaven is my home???

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness intohis marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)Continue reading “Heaven is my home???”

“The Price the Shepherd Paid” Meditation

Look up. You see the cross. As Christians, when we come to worship this is something we are used to and expect. We expect to walk into the sanctuary and see the cross there up front and above the altar, we always have. But it wasn’t always like that. The earliest Christians till about theContinue reading ““The Price the Shepherd Paid” Meditation”

“Bible Bashing” Meditation

I think we are afraid of this book sometimes. This book that was written over the course of 16 centuries, by 40 or more authors from every walk of life, from the lowest to the highest in society and contains 66 separate books within it. This book originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek butContinue reading ““Bible Bashing” Meditation”