Category Archives: My church

Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Frazier Park, CA

A Word of Assurance

For the midweek Lenten services we have followed the theme: “A Word of ______” Last week, it was “A Word of Forgiveness.” This week our theme is “A Word of Assurance. Here are the four Scriptures that we will use in … Continue reading

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Church in the Midst of Turmoil

In the midst of much public angst, fear, etc. over the past week, accusations have been flung at Christians, specifically Evangelicals, about what should be done, changed, etc. In this post I will address that topic. But more, there is … Continue reading

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Framework for Lutheran Theology

Theological Prolegomena—the name of our one our seminary courses. That’s a mouthful. So what is it? Crudely translated: “Forward to Theology.” As I began developing the courses for our seminary my focus was on the core courses in the four areas … Continue reading

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Husbands and Wives Eph. 5:21-33

  Introduction Dearly beloved, we are gathered together in the sight of God and His people to witness God joining together this man and this woman in holy matrimony. What kinds of images come to mind when you hear these … Continue reading

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Lectionary, Liturgy, Preaching

Over the past three years several pastors and congregations have expressed interest in my use of the Narrative Lectionary. This post gives some background on reasons for using, and the challenges and delights of using it. Introduction My life has been … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday— Athanasian Creed

Trinity Sunday and Athanasian Creed This Sunday is Trinity Sunday in the liturgical calendar. For most Christians who follow such a calendar, it means that we speak together the Athanasian Creed. For some that might conjure images of drudgery, reciting … Continue reading

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Bible teaching and method

In Sunday morning Bible study we have been studying The Gospel According to Matthew. Since September 2011. We finally reached Matthew 26 two weeks ago!! A week ago Sunday as an introduction to chapters 26:2-28:20, I showed several connections in the … Continue reading

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