Missionaries to the Internet

They never imagined it would grow this quickly. So say Joey Bluege and George Holleway, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) vicars at Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball. The SMP program forms men for pastoral ministry through an LCMS seminary while they are serving a congregation. At the beginning of the formation

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American Ninja Ministry

Have you seen “American Ninja Warrior?”  This television obstacle course competition has captured my viewing allegiance.  My wife and I record it every week so we can savor the feats of strength, agility and adventure as young athletes with varied expertise and life-backgrounds attempt to master each challenge.  It’s a

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Celebrating God’s Kingdom in 2017

2017 was a very special year as the world celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This was not simply a look back, however. As St. Augustine was credited with saying, “The church is always reforming.” We celebrate the gift of Martin Luther’s work in the past, but we also

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Our Ablaze! Story

A blessed 2018 to each of you! It is my prayer that you would grow stronger in your walk of faith and in your ability to share Gods’ grace with others. The Texas District’s mission statement is, “To strengthen congregations to reach the lost, disciple the saved, and to care

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His Hands and Feet

We filed out of the suburban loaded with youth as a man came out of the house and introduced himself. “Hello Troy,” I said and started a round of introductions during which we told him the names and hometowns of our team. “It is going to be really hot this

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Handling Conflict Part II

Of no surprise to most reading this blog, people in congregations are sometimes in conflict with one another—even those with the best intentions. Several months ago, I wrote about how Paul and Barnabas handled their conflict, recorded in Acts 15—specifically focusing on what was NOT recorded to have taken place.

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Trouble with Men

Matt Lauer. Garrison Keillor. Add them to the growing list of men who have been hurtful, domineering, abusive, and careless toward women. Add them to the anonymous reservoir of gratuitous cads who have victimized and continue to victimize countless women. The public scandal is but the tip of the proverbial

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