“It is the Lord who goes before you. The Lord will be with you; the Lord will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 On Sunday, March 12, 2017 the members of Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ, voted to extend me the call to serve as their
Within a few short weeks Spring Training will be alive and well in the Grand Canyon Synod. As this annual tradition of Major League Baseball players and fans descend into our midst, I find myself thinking about the amount of resources that are invested and poured into the development of prospects and talent for each
Dear Friends in Christ, As we begin a new year and enter the season of Epiphany, I want to encourage all of us in ways we might follow the example of the early disciples by listening to Jesus extend the invitation to “follow.” The power of invitation is evident as Jesus preaches, teaches and heals.
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6b) While on vacation visiting our son in Geneva, N.Y., he shared with me the campus magazine from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he is “Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship.” What grabbed my attention was the letter to the community from their President,
“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;” (2 Cor. 2:15). Smell is the one sense that is directly hardwired to our brains. Think of the aromas that have triggered your attraction or repulsion. Think of the aromas from which the very whiff
Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality.’ – Acts 10:34 During the Easter season our lessons from Acts show the post-Pentecost mission movement of the early apostles. Each week we read of cross-cultural engagements for the sake of spreading the good news of God’s love in Jesus. One of the priorities of the
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live…” John 11:25 I am a witness to the truth of God’s power to bring life out of death. Our synod delegation to our Companion Synod of Senegal traveled in late February from the
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,