Luther on Thanksgiving

A national day of Thanksgiving wasn’t part of Martin Luther’s life. Thanksgiving Day is an American phenomenon. Although Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November since the first presidential proclamation in 1863, it wasn’t official until congressional legislation in 1941 made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.

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Second Generation Amnesia

J.D. Schlegel Landscaping was my employer during seminary.  The work was grueling as we endured the intense St. Louis heat and humidity, but I made some good friends and learned some important lessons. My crew focused on cutting grass—large yards in some posh neighborhoods.  I even cut Stan Musial’s lawn. 

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Getting Very Contextual

A recent study of churches across the nation indicated that if pastors set time aside to get out of the office and into the community, the likelihood of unchurched people coming to Christ rises exponentially. It seems like common sense, but the study shows that churches accomplish results in sharing

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His Treasure Awaits

About a year ago, I gathered in an office one weeknight to pray with two other women – friends from my community at The Vine. Our purpose was simple but deliberate. We would pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind the characteristics of someone He wanted to

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What Does the LCMS Look Like?

Statistics and averages barrage us with definitions about who we are. The average U.S. male in his thirties is 5’9” tall, has a 39-inch waist, and is at the edge of obesity with a 29 Body Mass Index. I may know a few 30-year-old men who fit that description, but

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Or Is It Just Being a Jerk?

In the light of the events in Charlottesville, and then Boston, over the past couple of weeks, I posted on Facebook the following simple, yet profound, words from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful

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