Author Archives: Country Preacher

They Are But Mortal

This past week was disappointing for those who thought Republican gains in the House would slow the tide of the culture-of-death in our nation. 12 Republican Senators announced support for the Orwellian Respect for Marriage Act, which will degrade marriage … Continue reading

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Funeral Rites

The most watched event in television history is a liturgical Christian funeral. The Queen’s funeral showed how nonsensical it is to complain about ceremony, or riff on funerals being too depressing. Four Billion people watched as a commonwealth honored her … Continue reading

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Transformation

Two years ago, in a paper to my district’s College of Visitors, I warned of “a cascade failure of synod structure.” Congregations declining in numbers, and the subsequent increased burden on pastors (multi-point parishes, worker priests) would result in fewer … Continue reading

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Christianity is Necessary

I saw the original Lord of the Rings trilogy when it came out – years before reading the book, I must confess. Since then I have been through them 5 or 6 times. They are a masterpiece of Christian mythology. … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 10

The bible isn’t a history book. It records things that happened, and records them more accurately and objectively than a history book, but it wasn’t written as a textbook. The Bible isn’t a book of literature. The Classical Language used … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 9

It’s the unjust steward this week. Perhaps the strangest parable of them all. But while the details may be obscure, the overall message from Jesus is clear. Read on to see how… Jesus is teaching the people. The Scribes and … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 7

The miraculous feeding of the 4000 is before us today. Joined with the Old Testament reading of the creation of the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve, it is a good reminder that our Lord provides for us. At … Continue reading

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Continuing Education on a Budget

Summer is when many pastors do a continuing education course of some sort. But in addition to a resident program at a local congregation, pastors can also read. Today I recommend some books you might enjoy (And one class you … Continue reading

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Sermon for Pentecost

Here is my sermon for Pentecost Sunday, for those who were prevented from attending church. 3000 Baptized in a day. An amazing testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit working through the preaching of the Apostles. We don’t generally … Continue reading

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Books for Seminaries

I had the joy of meeting with a missionary/seminary professor yesterday as he was passing through the area. The topic of books came up: what books are needed for teaching pastors. I offered him the use of Catechetics for his … Continue reading

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