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Only son. Really?

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With the holy season of Lent about half over and just a few weeks until Holy Week and Easter, I have a question for you. Is Jesus God’s only son? Really? And is it “really” all that important to believe this? Why?

The Christian Faith says, “Yes” and “Yes” and here’s “Here’s why.” Read More»

Ash Wednesday: Let’s Google it

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Many of us Christians around the world and right here in our own community will avail ourselves to the rituals of “Ash Wednesday,” next Wednesday, Feb. 13, which is 40 days before Easter, not counting the Sundays. This 40 days is called Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday and culminates with Holy Week and Easter. Read More»

Who’s number one?

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Who are the most important people in the world?

The answer: Children. Plain and simple. Without question.

No, it’s not about pampering and spoiling them. It’s not about letting them run our lives. It’s not about giving in to them on everything. Instead, it is about recognizing them as the most important recipients of our time, our love, our nurture, our attention, our teaching, our guidance, and our discipline (which means “to teach them,” not to punish them). It is about conveying to them at every age and in every private and public arena our morals and values, and our faith. Read More»

The real Pastor Kollmeyer

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Back when I was newly ordained, one morning I heard a man’s voice call out, “Pastor Kollmeyer.” I did not respond as I should have. Instead, I peered around the room thinking that somehow my dad must have suddenly come into our presence. You see, I certainly had not yet begun to identify myself as “Pastor Kollmeyer” because in my reality “the real Pastor Kollmeyer” was my father, not me. Read More»

Presidents call for thanksgiving to God

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Please let us be clear that the purpose of a Thanksgiving Day in our United States is to give thanks to God for all His blessings. Please do not teach children that it is about the Pilgrims thanking the Native Americans for helping them. That is a very bad history re-write.

The call for this Thanksgiving is nowhere better given than in the proclamations of our two greatest Presidents, whose words come calling to us again this year.
From President George Washington in 1789: Read More»

Let the kids have Halloween

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I’ve said this before. I’ve written it before. But it bears repeating. Please listen again and give this consideration in your life.

I love Jesus. I hate the devil. I am guided by the Bible. I want to stay away from evil. I want what’s best for our children. I will protect them whenever, wherever, and however possible and necessary.

Can I get an Amen to that? (See? You good Baptists are rubbing off on me in lots of appropriate ways.) Read More»

Atrocities. Questions. Answers

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The following is the conclusion of my “theological reflection and counseling” in response to human-inflicted atrocities.

These words of Jesus carry perhaps the most meaningful message for us and serve as “the text” for this reflection (from John 14:27): Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Read More»

Still searching for answers in Aurora?

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The following is only the first half of my “theological reflection and counseling” in response to human-inflicted atrocities. I shared this as my sermon on Sunday, July 22, just two days after the shooting deaths of 12 and the wounding of 58 by a gunman in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20. This is also a follow-up on the theological reflection I shared after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and other tragedies similar to this most recent one.

The truth stands the same in all these instances. Read More»

Outdoor chapel?

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Have you ever been to an “outdoor chapel?” A rustic one like the ones at summer camp or traditionally associated with a beautiful spot in the mountains? And when I say “rustic,” I’m not talking about “old and decrepit,” but simply with nothing but the bare necessities; with benches made of smooth wooden planks reaching across short stumps or posts, lined up facing or gathered around a simple, yet beautiful wooden altar. And probably behind the altar is a cross. Read More»

Some (more) thoughts on marriage

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I share with you the following article by Pastor Steve Shipman from a recent Lutheran publication.

“Recently the President of the United States announced that his views on gay marriage have ‘evolved.’ Now he believes that ‘same-sex couples should be able to get married.’ Mr. Obama claimed that his change of view was due in part from ‘prodding by friends who are gay and by conversations with his wife and daughters.’ Read More»

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