Hurricane Preparedness

One of the organizations I belong to, forwarded to me the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season. It encourages the following three preparedness steps: 1) Make an Emergency Go-Bag — Include items such as bottled water, battery powered radios, flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable foods, prescription drugs, and cash. 2) Make a Family

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 6 – B (The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018)

The Processional for this week is: “Open Now, Thy Gates of Beauty” (Those of you who are subscribers to my blog can see and hear the YouTube videos of these hymns by clicking on the title of this blog.) The words to the first verse are” “Open now thy gates of beauty, Zion, let me

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When God Blocks Your Way

There is a fascinating text in Acts 16:6-10 — “Now when [Paul and his travelling companions] had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not

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Delayed Answer to Prayer

From the time I was a little, little child I knew that God has four answers to any prayer: yes, no, wait, and you’ve got to be kidding. But then I got a little older and became familiar with that odd story in Daniel 10:4-21. I have found that this strange story has helped me

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Let’s Go Get ‘Em

This is one of my favorite Bible stories! But it never shows up in the preaching cycle.  It is found in 1 Samuel 14:1-23, and I thought you might like it (or might enjoy hearing it again). King Saul and his army were doing battle with the Philistines when Saul’s son Jonathan and Jonathan’s armor

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But if not …

A wonderful Bible story once helped save the British army. You can find this story in Daniel 3:1-30. King Nebuchadnezzar had made a 100-foot gold statue and commanded that everyone either worship before it or be thrown into a huge fiery furnace. Faced with the formidable power of the state, everyone fell down before the

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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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