One Soul

His property was only a block from the northern Minnesota elementary school named Churchill and catty-cornered from my home. I don’t remember the man’s name. I only recall a vague image. Thin. Gaunt. Dark. Sad. Angry. Addled. Many children passed his property on the walk home. Many, when they walked

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The Haircut

I got my hair cut the other day.  I knew the girl who cut my hair from previous visits to the shop.  She is attending a local community college and is studying creative writing and journalism. When I sat in the chair, I asked her how her writing was going. 

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Trinity Woodlands, Amarillo

Located across the street from an elementary and middle school as well as a fire station, Trinity Woodlands church plant has been the dream of many over a number of years. Previously organized as Christ Lutheran Church with a child development center (CDC), the leadership and members of both Christ

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Living in the Resurrection Hope

“He is not here; for He is risen as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matt 28: 6.  The tomb is empty! Lent, Holy Week and Easter are the highlights of the Church year in the Ethio-Eritrean Christian communities; the pageantries, worship processions and devotional lives

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The Fall of Notre Dame

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is burning. By the time you read these words, today’s catastrophe will be scores of news cycles in the past. But today, as I write this article, Notre Dame is on fire. I’m sure that in the weeks to come, French officials will determine what

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The Path

            Yikes! Those are frightening signs, aren’t they? I see them almost every morning—while I’m running—at, of all places, a county park near my home. There, in the middle of a beautiful place dedicated to peace and relaxation, is the jolting reality that if you

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The Gifts of God Through the People of God

The piano music was absolutely beautiful on Sunday. A church member blessed us with his gifts. Every week, I see God’s gifted people pour out a blessing for the church and for the world. Every week I meet educators, business leaders, parents, grandparents, laborers, homemakers, students and more who shine

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One Unified Ministry: How Redeemer Austin Repeatedly Commits to Its Community 

When Redeemer Lutheran in Austin opened its new 15,000-square-foot cafetorium late last year, it was just the latest physical manifestation of a grand spiritual vision. Redeemer’s church and school for decades have worked in concert to bring Jesus’ love to their rapidly changing north Austin neighborhood. The new facility simply

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Constituted for Mission!

The shrink-wrap never used to come off the book. Like many, perhaps most, pastors, busy with the demands of congregational ministry, early in my ministry I felt no particular need to take a look at the new triennial edition of the Handbook of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. On to the

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