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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...

Why I love Philip Yancey

There are many reasons why I love the writing of Philip Yancey. Let me share just five with you. Yancey writing is engaging,...

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...

There is a name for it: Theodicy

God is pure love. God is all powerful. God is all-knowing. These are basic tenets of the Christian faith. Why then is there so much...

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...

The shame of Lutheran worship

For the most part, I find Lutheran prayers to be lukewarm at best. I include many of my own in this category. For the most part, our...

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,...

It's my pleasure

I have loved to read since I was ten years old. My love for reading started with the Hardy Boys series. A few years later my passion...

Who knows?

Ecclesiastes is one of those short, hard to find, books in the Old Testament. Sadly, we rarely hear it in church; it's included only...

Something that Heidi wrote

God's arm is not too short. I've been thinking about this sentence for the past 36 hours. Heidi S, our new church treasurer, includes...

Don't

Despite what the song says, don't let your conscience be your guide. We cannot trust our conscience. It is certainly not a fool-proof...