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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The Worldwide Church

I heard from my dear friends recently about life in a remote village in West Africa. I’ll keep the details confidential so I don’t endanger anyone’s life. The village is a collection of single-room mud homes. The region is not far from Timbuktu—the place at the end of the earth

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Why a Day of Repentance?

Martin Luther began his 95 Theses by stating: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” The word “repentance” means to return or to turn around. In God’s Word, He is the One doing the

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Puppies and Potlucks for All

A few years ago, during a fourth-of-July sermon, a pastor asked the congregation we were visiting, “What would your slogan for America be?” My daughter, being a dog enthusiast, leaned over and whispered to us, “Puppies for all!” Water of Life in Forney, Texas is making that dream a reality.

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