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Pastor’s Articles

These are the online postings of Pastor’s monthly newsletter articles.

Distinctly Lutheran

Dear Friends in Christ, A while back a member asked me about an elevator pitch regarding what is it to be Lutheran. I was thinking about this question again the other day: How do we briefly, yet thoroughly and faithfully, describe to someone what it is to be distinctly Lutheran? Here’s what I think I’d…

True (and False) Easter Gospels

Dear Friends, I was mildly horrified to read an article in Sunday’s State-Journal Register that interviewed several Springfield-area pastors about the message of hope that is part of the Easter message. My horror was at the utter lack of clarity expressed as to what the source of our hope is: the Easter Gospel, Christ risen…

To Defend and To Have a Good Reputation

Dear Friends in Christ, I’m writing this month’s article at the same time that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting a special hearing about sexual assault allegations made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. That’s not what this article is about. However, the entire situation is a clear example to us of the importance of a…

Luther on Education

Dear Friends in Christ, As we prepare to occupy and compete the construction of our new Education Wing, I think it proper that we hear a bit from the blessed Dr. Martin Luther on Christian education. I’m going to simply lay out some short cuttings of his writings below. Please read, enjoy, and give some…