Harvey, Irma and you

As I write this, Hurricane Harvey and the devastation in Texas are heavy on my mind and in the forefront of my prayers. I am from Texas, having attended both junior high and high school in Baytown, one of the places hardest hit by the flooding waters. In fact, when you were watching The Weather […]

Back-to-school prayers

Yes, it’s that time of year again … back-to-school. I trust those of you who got back into your school year routines last week have had a good start and a bright outlook for a successful year. Please know that I’m praying for all of you in the rigors of teaching and learning. In fact, […]

Your happy and successful marriage

If you know me and my ministry at all, you know that I strongly believe marriage is “God’s idea” and that His sole intention, specifically declared in Scripture, is for marriage to be the life-long union of one man and one woman. And I believe that marriage and family are still the backbone of our […]

I love VBS

Yes, indeed, I do love VBS, Vacation Bible School. We just finished our VBS week at Prince of Peace, and I’m still celebrating the joys and fulfillment it provided to all the children who attended and to those of us adults who taught and helped. These are the things I love about VBS. I love […]

Graduates — the six best questions

I have not been asked to deliver a commencement address this year, but if I were, here is what I would say. You might share this with your graduate. Wise decisions. You graduates here today have obviously made some very wise decisions already, decisions that have brought you to this day of accomplishment. Congratulations. But […]

Martin Luther revisited

A few articles ago I shared with you what I believe was a truly important historical event. It was that I, a Lutheran pastor, was invited to come to St. Philip Benizi Roman Catholic church and preach in a Unity Service upon the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing The 95 Theses […]

After Spring Break

First, let me begin by telling you that I do plan to write the follow-up article I announced last month which would go further into what Martin Luther would have said the day before he was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1521. You surely have not had any concern about this, but my […]

Today is Ash Wednesday

Yes, today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is the season in the Liturgical Church Calendar which precedes Easter. The name “Lent” comes from an Old English word “lencten,” which means spring, because the days “lengthen” with more sunlight and the growing season begins. The ancient church adopted 40 days for Lent because […]

The other event of January 20, 2017

Two significant and historic events occurred on Jan. 20, 2017. You probably watched the much more publicized one, that of the Inauguration of President Trump. And, by the way, let’s pray right here and right now that God will lead and guide President Trump and all our elected officials to work for us so that […]

The Peace of the Lord

“Peace on earth!” the angels sang at Christmas, and now we “repeat the sounding joy.” “The Peace of the Lord be with you,” we say in worship and Christian greeting. “God’s Peace!” we close a letter, text, or email. And as we begin this New Year 2017 we pray for God’s peace for ourselves, our […]

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