Category Archives: Meditatio

A Word of Concern

This 3rd midweek service focuses on the word “concern.” The word can be used negatively, concern about what is happening in a fearful sense. It can also be used positively, noticing what is happening and having concern (and care) for those … Continue reading

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Pastoral Formation and Churchmanship

I had posted this a year ago last month. But I think it needs to be read again… by me and other church leaders. ============== When someone raises the issue of pastoral formation and seminary education, the focus always leans to … Continue reading

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Abuse and Hermeneutics

Note: If this article hits too close to home—stop reading and call your counselor or pastor now. ======================================= Wow! What a combination! How can either of these be related? I have considered this for the past few weeks and hope … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday reflection

Psalm 24 was my Psalm reading this morning. How appropriate this came on Maundy Thursday. The Psalm is really two parts. Psalm 24 (NIV) 1    The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who … Continue reading

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Reflections on Christmas

This year Christmas has been a true blessing. Christmas Eve worship was God-honoring and a blessing. Christmas day was the same. And then today, we had the most in worship in a while. Great music all three services, great congregational … Continue reading

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How long, O Lord?

The Psalmist wrote: “How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever?” (Psalm 89:46). For many Christians that refrain becomes not just a lament of the moment, but a searing reminder, day after day, year after year. “How long, O … Continue reading

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Pastoral Formation 2

Last week I had the privilege of updating the convention attendees at TAALC East Region about our seminary, American Lutheran Theological Seminary (ALTS). My report included an updated status of the seminary, and especially the online program, Master of Theological … Continue reading

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