Author Archives: Country Preacher

Asking for the Judgment of God

There are many wonderful things about life in the church. Dealing with corrupt teaching is not one of them. It compromises and corrupts even those who try to faithfully teach God’s Word, until they often can no longer even see … Continue reading

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What Does the Bible Say?

There is a post making the social media rounds, titled “Yes, the Bible Forbids ____”.* The problem is, at no point does the article give evidence that the Bible actually forbids it. That’s sort of a problem. Claiming “The Bible … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 12

We started our prayer today with a strange comment – “Almighty and merciful God, by Your gift alone, your people render true and laudable service…” It is God’s gift that we serve him faithfully. That means any works we do … Continue reading

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Not Being Honest

The synod has never taken a survey about pastoral trust levels of their own District Presidents. It would be an interesting survey. Even more interesting would be a survey about trust of the COP as a whole. I have a … Continue reading

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Addendum: A Chance for Humanity

Pastors, if you are having trouble visiting your members at the nursing home, recognize that the person you are talking to has no authority. And even if you talk to the nursing home administrator, they likely have no authority. You … Continue reading

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Inhumane Treatment of the Elderly

We are now in month seven of “two weeks to flatten the curve”. In that time, nursing homes have been essentially shut down. The people – human beings – who live there (if you can call that living) are being … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 10

If you couldn’t make it to church, here’s the sermon for today. If you could make it, and want to review it, GREAT! If you could make it, but didn’t go – read it anyway. Next week, see you there. … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 9

There are so many clear and uplifting Gospel readings throughout the year, which speak beautifully of the gift of salvation, and the promise of forgiveness to all those who repent of their sins and believe on the name of Jesus. … Continue reading

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Collapsing Two Ways

The great Economist(?) Ernest Hemingway said that bankruptcy happens two ways: First gradually, then suddenly. I think Colleges are going to be taking a whirlwind tour of those two phases in the next couple of years. I saw a headline … Continue reading

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Funeral Societies

Our Lord instructs us to be innocent as doves and wise as serpents. Sometimes, I think people misinterpret this to mean we are to be credulous as Charlie Brown running toward the football, and stuck in an ivory tower pondering … Continue reading

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