Music in the Mess

Tucked away in the corner of a Chick-fil-A I visited recently was a not-so-typical accessory of a fast-food restaurant.  On the way to the kids’ play area; across from the napkin, straw and ketchup station; pressed between tables for customers was an electric piano. Around the height of the lunch

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Inventory Of Our Blessings

I read a book on personal development and business leadership last month.  It is not surprising that the best leadership principles are Christian principles and are easy to trace their biblical roots to the informed Christian.  This book is no exception.  It has nuggets that are and could be helpful

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Easter Encouragement

Easter is an exciting time in the Church year even though it is for only 50 days. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost is also exciting, but this excitement rests completely on the resurrection of Jesus. Everything in our faith walk is grounded in the resurrection. Easter is

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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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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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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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