Category Archives: Oratio

Reading Luther

As we enter this 500th year celebration of the Reformation, the danger is that we might read about Martin Luther. However, how refreshing it might be to read what Luther actually wrote. Obviously Luther wrote more than most of us … 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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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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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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filter out all distractions

Guest post today: I grew up in the era of secretaries and I was blessed with many good ones. Early in my career there was Ann Marie who would take my meager dictations and with skill and polish turn them … Continue reading

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Christians in Relationships 1

This is a two part blog on Christians and Relationships. We will end up considering marriage as a special subset. In this blog our focus is the background to relationships among Christians. The second blog will focus on marriage and the relationship … Continue reading

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Sermon March 15, 2015

The Gospel reading and sermon text for today (Narrative Lectionary): Sermon: Matthew 25:1-30 Text: HCSB [Jesus said:] 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 
10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Five … Continue reading

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