Are We Losers In The Game Of Life?

I never really liked playing the game of Life. That little board game that has the plastic cars with these little, itsy-bitsy tiny pieces that you can lose in like 2 seconds just by breathing on them. The board game I like better is sorry, mostly because you get to try to take your piecesContinue reading “Are We Losers In The Game Of Life?”

Livin’ on a Prayer (Meditation for 2016)

It was 1986; the era of big hair bands and Bon Jovi just released what would become their most enduring signature song and first No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, Livin’ on a Prayer has been played for nearly three decades now to countless audiences, as a tribute in The Concert for NewContinue reading “Livin’ on a Prayer (Meditation for 2016)”


One thousand and ten. That is a number I’ve been looking at for a few weeks now. It’s the number that’s posted on the traffic alert sign on 76 coming and going to the office. While I’m driving this number blinks at me, one thousand and ten, men, women and children killed on Ohio roadwaysContinue reading “1,010”

Quiet and Dignified Kind of Life

“that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”      I Timothy 2: 2b There was a small picture hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen that I’ve been looking at since I was a small child and it now hangs in my workshop at home. You may have seen thisContinue reading “Quiet and Dignified Kind of Life”

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…”

“Three Tempting Myths” Meditation

Whenever you start a conversation off about temptations and how Christians work through them it almost seems obligatory to tell that really worn joke about a fishing hook, a tasty worm and a fish and when the fish takes a bite out of the tasty worm it is hooked and pulled wherever the fisherman wantsContinue reading ““Three Tempting Myths” Meditation”

“Cliche Church?” Mediation

Sitting in the hospital waiting room, waiting for your wife’s surgery to finish is not the time that you want to hear anything pat or clichéd. Things like: “Don’t worry, she’ll be fine,” or even Christianish things like “God will never give you more than you can handle,” or even “don’t worry, God is inContinue reading ““Cliche Church?” Mediation”

“Why I go to church”- Meditation

This is based on a newsletter article to my congregation at Gethsemane: When I became a “professional church worker” I realized that people just take it for granted that I go to church.  I mean after all the guy gets paid to show up on Sundays doesn’t he? Yes, I do, but that’s not whyContinue reading ““Why I go to church”- Meditation”

“Life and Death” Meditation on Spiritual Struggle

This is my sermon titled Life and Death based on Luke 20:27-40 that I preached at Gethsemane Lutheran in 2013.  There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wifeContinue reading ““Life and Death” Meditation on Spiritual Struggle”