“Cactus Communities”

I call them “cactus communities.” Let me explain. A cactus has life and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. But a cactus is also highly guarded and difficult to open. So also are many rural and small town communities. On the one hand there is a lot of life there

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To Build, or Not to Build?

Recently, a colleague of mine asked me for some advice that might help the chairman of a church building committee convince fellow members of the congregation that such a significant expenditure of money was, indeed, necessary. Here’s a part of my response: In my experience, the most compelling thing to

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The Welcome of the Forgiven

Earlier this month the Texas District Board of Mission Administration visited the Haven for Hope in San Antonio. The Haven for Hope is the largest homeless shelter in the nation and serves as a key ministry venue for Rev. Dr. Ely Prieto and a team of able volunteers from LINC

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Getting to Know Your Neighbor

Lutheran theology is very much about serving our neighbors.  Martin Luther emphasized the Biblical teaching to love the people God placed around us.  Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to emphasize our calling to BE a caring neighbor to the people in our context. Do you know who

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