I’ll Fix Anthony!

Judith Viorst wrote a children’s book that I used to love to read to my children: I’ll Fix Anthony. In this book, the younger brother is complaining about the way his older brother treats him: “My brother Anthony can read books now, but he won’t read any books to me. He plays checkers with Bruce

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The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer

(This is the best sermon I have ever read on Jesus’ parable of The Pharisee and The Publican. It is from Catholic World Report. I hope you have the same reaction I did. — I wish I could preach like this!) The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer Reflections on the thought of Iris Murdoch and

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A Wonderful Exchange — A Meditation on Isaiah 53:1-12 for Holy Week

[Note: This homily, drawn from Isaiah 53:1-12, was preached in chapel at the International Center of the LCMS on Friday, March 6, 2015. + Herbert Mueller, LCMS First Vice President.  Before you read this wonderful homily, be sure to read Isaiah 53:1-12.] It is almost as though Isaiah was there, in the background, watching the

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When Does Something Have Authority Over Us?

The “Authority of the Word of God in the Church” is the issue out of which our denomination (The North American Lutheran Church — the NALC) was formed. Back in 2009, no one in what was to become the NALC was talking about the sexuality issues. The denomination we left talked all the time about

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How the Internet Started According to the Bible

(Pastor Larry Guenzel sent me the following e-mail. I had never seen it before and really enjoyed it. I thought you might as well. What really made me smile is the definition of GOOGLE. I hope you enjoy this. Happy Saturday!) PLEASE DO NOT GOOGLE THIS ONE OR CHECK WITH SNOPES. THEY WILL LIE TO

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Why Mountain-Climbers Are Tied Together

“The reason mountain climbers are tied together is to keep the sane ones from going home.” I don’t know who said it, or when. or where but I’ve chuckled over it, thought about it, and quoted it, too. With a mountain of mercy behind me, and a mountain of mission ahead, I need you, my

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The Authority of Scripture

Last week I was at the NALC Pastor’s Conference on “Jesus, the Bible and Authority in the Church.” I was really looking forward to it for all sorts of personal and professional reasons, and I was not disappointed in the least. The Conference was about “The Authority of the Word of God in the Church,”

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Reaping What You Sow

Do you remember some years ago that there was a belt you could buy that promised it would “work your abs for you” so you wouldn’t have to work out? It would give you “6-pack abs”, without you ever having to do anything except just sit at your desk! And then there were the several

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Situation Hopeless, Help Wanted

The following anonymous classified ad actually appeared in The Willamette (Oregon) Week. It promised “spring fever, summer romance, and warm winters together” but little else was left to the imagination. Spring fever, summer romance, warm winters together. Exceptionally nice guy looking for compatible female counterpart, equivalent, coequal with similar background, shared interest, life-style, life goals.

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Worry

Once upon a time, I had to speak in a small Texas town. It was one of those towns with 3 stoplights, all on the same street. I was being driven to my speaking engagement by Duane Johnston, one of the local boys. All the way, Duane spoke in glowing terms of his brother Peeples.

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