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A Good and Godly Spirit

I believe there is a good and Godly Spirit present here. I feel it on Sunday morning when people greet one another with warm embraces and wide smiles. I hear it in the laughter of our children as they slide out of their pews during worship for kid’s time. I see it on days like […]


Reading the Bible, Asking Questions and Growing in Faith

When I graduated from seminary I still didn’t know a significant amount about the bible. I had been taught to read with a critical eye, to ask questions, how to use Greek and Hebrew and write my own translations of the biblical text, but if you were to ask me about peopleinthebibleorevencertainstoriesIwasprettyclueless. Infactitwas almost ridiculous […]


Serve and Obey

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth… What is this? Or What does this mean?” Hopefully these words are somewhat familiar. The first half of the phrase is the first article of the Apostles’ Creed. The second half is Martin Luther’s question for each part of his confession (explanation) of […]



Heirs

As families we are heirs of the lives of those who have gone before us. This is true for our individual families, as well as our families of faith. It has certainly been true lately at Shepherd. A few weeks ago Brian, our Elementary Age Ministry Coordinator was able to more fully live into the […]


Partnership, Prayers, Tapestry, Tragedy and Real Presence

It’s my worst nightmare for something to happen to one of my children and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, my friend Molly and I will talk about it together and we almost can’t say the words aloud. We whisper, “I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to…” and then fill in the […]


The Gift of the Reformation

On Tuesday afternoon I was back at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey for my 20th class reunion. It was humbling and wonderful to be back on campus. The topic of the panel discussion on Tuesday was the 500th anniversary of the reformation being celebrated around the world this year in October. The best […]


Loving our Neighbor: Living our Faith

We went to Chicago last weekend and while we walked by a number of people who were begging for money on the streets, one man in particular stood right in the middle of our path and directly asked us for money. “No, I’m sorry.” I muttered. I actually didn’t have any cash on me at […]


Seeing Faith through New Eyes

This past Lent we took a decidedly different approach to Wednesday evening worship services. We invited guest speakers to join us asking them to reflect on our Christian faith through the lens of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We heard from two Luther Seminary professors, the Program Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services, […]