A celebration 150 Years in the making

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prairie City, Missouri, the first church that I served after graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. I was invited to preach at their kickoff celebration on April 22. The theme of the year-long celebration is “God’s Grace From Generation to Generation.” It…

What’s Your Favorite Resurrection Appearance?

In honor of this week’s celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, I have compiled a list of my five favorite resurrection appearances. As one scholar points out, if Jesus’ resurrection was something that his disciples made up, they would have scripted the stories better, making themselves appear in a much better light.…

May The Best Team Win

Minnesotans will watch tomorrow’s Super Bowl with a feeling of “what could have been.” Our Minnesota Vikings had a great regular season and were well positioned for the playoffs. With just two wins in the post season we would playing the Super Bowl in our home stadium. Sadly, even with the help of the “Minneapolis…

Which Calendar Are You Using?

By now, hopefully, you have taken down your 2017 calendar and put up your 2018 calendar. Maybe you have marked the new calendar with important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, vacations. Or maybe this year you are taking the plunge and getting rid of the old-fashioned paper calendars and going all digital. But whatever your preference,…