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Even the demons

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder. The sentences quoted above come from the New...

Veritas

It was Labor Day weekend, 2005. We were living in St. Louis at the time while I attended Concordia Seminary. As summer gave way to...

Naming names

Alaine. Jenny. Paul. Grant. Shirley. Peggy. Brad. Kaitlin. These names make my ears perk up. These names mean the world to me. The...

Every single one of us

To be honest, I don't really care for Voltaire. This being said, I love his quote and agree with it whole-heartedly. Common sense is...

A prime example

Earlier this morning I read from a daily devotional Bible that Alaine and I have used for the past few years. We almost always read...

The simple answer

I’m a sinner. I need a Savior. If you were to ask me why I'm a Christian, this is the simple answer I would give you. If you were to ask...

A better way to argue

What's the last good argument you've had? I'm guessing that you may be surprised by my question. Let's face it. Arguing is a fact of...

My problem with earworms

EARWORMS. It sounds disgusting, doesn't it! EARWORMS? To be honest, I hadn't heard this term until a year or so ago. Even though I didn't...

Dangerous praying

We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one. For everything...

The pursuit of happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...

For better, for worse

Lately I've been thinking a lot about marriage. To be honest, even though I've had two years to come up with something, I've struggled...

Inexpressible Joy

If someone were to ask you, “Why are you a Christian,” what would you say? If someone were to ask you, “Why are you a Lutheran,” how...

Let's be honest

Can we be honest with one another, and with ourselves? Lutherans haven't earned the nickname the "Frozen Chosen" for nothing. Lutherans...

a diary about pure evil

One of the most amazing books to be published in the aftermath of the Second World War was a diary. Here is how the publisher describes...

Even in Siberia

Even in Siberia there is happiness. So declared Anton Chekov. I've been thinking about what Chekov said ever since I came across the...

No Good

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord, apart from You I have no good thing.” I love this passage from Psalm 16. For some time now it has...

Thank you, Harold

I must have been twelve or thirteen years old when we traveled to Sioux City to do some shopping. At a strip mall on Hamilton Boulevard,...