Greater Expectations

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]

 

Why I Have an Identity Problem and You May To...

September 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Kelm

Editor’s Note: On September 11, 2017, Rev. Peter Kelm entered the arms of Jesus after a heroic battle with cancer. Later this week Peter’s family, friends, and parishioners will gather to mourn his death and rejoice in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we […]

 

Introverts in the Church

August 29, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Statistics indicate that introverts make up about one-third to one-half of the general population. If that’s the case, it may be that nearly half of our congregations are made up of introverts. We talk in the Apostles’ Creed about “the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,” but what does it mean to be part […]

 

Stop Saying “Going Forward”

April 25, 2017 | Posted by Billy Brath

“Going Forward” Have you noticed the use of this phrase increasing over the last few years? At first, it was used by the news media to transition interviews or reports to speculation on the future as it relates to the topic at hand. Over time, the phrase settled in as a way for people to […]

 

Know Your People

February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that I […]

 

Looking Into the Future

January 9, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I often find that I can be consumed by the routine and the urgent. Each week I have a list of items that I need to address. I have classes to teach and sermons to write. Each week I email a devotion and prayer list to our membership, as well as a summary of last […]