Do Christians really randomly pick and choose what commandments to keep? Sometimes it seems so. A Lutheran pastor here illustrates a method to the sometimes apparent madness (or Biblical wisdom) of knowing which Word of God to apply first or in which circumstance when God’s commandments appear to contradict in a “rock-and-a-hard place” kind of way—Like a pandemic!
A poem in remembrance of Me --(1 Cor. 10:21-22; 11:20-22)
"...we may be despising and rebelling against a divine ordering of things..." Below is an essay I wrote back in 2014, with one very slight edit of word order. Because a dear brother in Christ fondly recalled it and asked if he might use it in his Intro to Pastoral Theology course at Concordia Theological … Continue reading These Pleasant Places
A poetic meditation and vignette on this Bible passage, which I composed following my daily devotional reading this morning. The name Christopher literally means "Christ-bearer."--slight edits 3.9.18 Genesis 37: A maskil of Christopher I Their Father, “Off to Hebron!” sent his Joseph there to implement His will, discover whether jealous brothers and their flocks fared … Continue reading Genesis 37: A maskil of Christopher
I step out of the blinding, scorching summer heat and enter the second set of steel doors into the prison chapel. Takes a minute for my eyes to adjust enough to take in the room. There's a guy by the altar. His back was to me and he didn't look up, but then again the … Continue reading The Prison Chapel Porter
This is a creative, fiction corner. It's full of elaboration and exaggeration. From time to time, here I write on people I've never encountered along life's way, or places and events I've never experienced. Some of them are mildly interesting, entertaining, and a few might even dare to edify.