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…

Jehovah Witnesses At The Door

There once was a man who kept being visited by a couple of Jehovah Witnesses (JW’s). As someone who had been raised a strict Catholic and who had now abandoned organized religion, the man steadfastly denied the JW’s the opportunity to talk to him. Finally one day he let them in and sat down and had a talk…

Lutheran Bird Flu

Bird flu is a dangerous thing. According to Yahoo News, “China’s premier on Sunday (April 28, 2013) urged authorities to be vigilant against a new strain of bird flu that has killed 23 people, while saying that efforts to tackle the virus have so far been effective.” According to the CDC web site: “Usually, “avian…