Shepherding Through the Contradictions

So I’m working on a bible study for the Circuit Winkel Bible Study Series.  My topic is “Shepherding Through the Contradictions.”  As I am thinking through this project, I would love some input. What are the contradictions that a pastor faces every day? What are the contradictions his people face every day?  How are they […]


As I’m starting to prepare for Laetare Sunday, I ran across the following quotation from John Chrysostom on John 6:3: He went up onto the mountain because of the miracle he was going to do. The disciples alone ascended with him which implies that the people who stayed behind were at fault for not following. […]

13 years and counting…

Thirteen years ago today I was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry. It was an odd day, frankly. I was ordained, along with a dear friend of mine, at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Stiegemeyer and I were being called as admission counselors at CTS. It was in the early months of […]

It's beginning to look a lot like…swine flu

Certainly swine flu is in the air. Every TV news show and every radio program or newspaper seems to have some mention of its spread. Don’t touch! Have no human contact! You don’t want to get sick. There is some wisdom in this. As diseases spread, we must take reasonable cautions to guard ourselves and […]