Higher Things and BJS: Really?

Seventeen years ago, I was blessed to be involved with the formation of a youth organization that became Higher Things. It began with the Dare to Be Lutheran conference in Laramie, Wyoming, in the summer of 2000. Since that time, tens of thousands of youth have received Christ, received the gifts of God, and have […]

A Sermon on Physical and Eternal Healing

Every once in a while a sermon hits a chord where there seem to be homiletic overtones. I know, a cheesy analogy. I’m ready for vacation. …anyway, the sermon from this past Sunday is one that addresses the question between the relationship between sin, sickness, death, forgiveness, and eternal life. In about twelve minutes or so. I […]

The Word Remains, a Hopeful Book by an Old Lutheran

A review essay by Todd A. Peperkorn The Word Remains: Selected Writings on the Church Year and the Christian Life is a collection of sermons and writings by the renowned mission pastor and nineteenth century theologian, Wilhelm Löhe (1808-1872). I first ran into this book while visiting Neuendettelsau in 2009. We were staying with friends […]

Five Years a California Pastor

Five years ago today I was installed as pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California. As with many things, it seems like it was both yesterday and a thousand years ago. But here are a few of my thoughts that have bubbled up along the way. It takes about five years to get […]