Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sell Them All

My father worked for Ford Motor Company for 35 years.  Today, I heard some news about one of our synod’s campus ministries that made me think of a story that made the rounds a few years ago. During one of … Continue reading

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Thirty Minute Meals 3

Today was our final thirty minute service. Luke talks about the sinners around Jesus during his passion more than any other evangelist.  Barrabas and the criminals crucified with him get more “screen time” with Luke than anywhere else.  Why is … Continue reading

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Thirty Minute Meals 2

Why does the Apostle Paul say that Jesus, “in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,” when the Evangelists say that Pilate was amazed that Jesus answered not a word? Find out in today’s thirty minute (and not a … Continue reading

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Palm/Confirmation/Passion Sunday – Whew!

We don’t do the passion reading on Palm Sunday.  Sad, I know, because now there is no Sunday of the church year when we hear the direct words of the passion itself. We do not however, lose Christ crucified.  Each … Continue reading

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Thirty Minute Meals: 1

During Holy Week, my congregation offers services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week at 11:30, 12, and 12:30, respectively.  They are exactly thirty minutes long, and not a minute longer, allowing time to get here, hear the Word, … Continue reading

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Bulletin announcements I would like to see.

REGARDING SMALL CHILDREN:  We want to make certain that everyone in attendance has a chance to enjoy the service.  If your enjoyment of the service is being disturbed by a fussy child nearby, please talk to one of the ushers, … Continue reading

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Meals of a Country Preacher

This time of year, wholesome, quick crowd pleasers are critical to a pastor’s family.  So tonight we had poppyseed chicken. Thaw chicken breasts. Make instant stuffing. Put instant stuffing in bottom of baking dish.  Place chicken on top of stuffing. … Continue reading

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New Fire Hall

My town has a new fire hall. In many fire stations, there is a tendency to move everything to one floor, or at least put in enough stairways that a fire pole is no longer needed. This fire station has … Continue reading

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Advice for new Preachers II

Unlike today’s earlier post, this time the advice is serious.  When preaching, remember these words from The Hammer of God: “One ought not talk about oneself, it may hide Jesus from view.” It is, perhaps, the best preaching advice I … Continue reading

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Sermon for Lent Midweek 5

What kind of love does it take to sacrifice a son?  A sermon on Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. Listen HERE. You can also read it, after the jump.  The audio has some “special bonus features” not included in the text. … Continue reading

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