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Church camp

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One of my favorite events of ministry within the life of our church is our annual trek with kids and youth to summer church camp. We go to our Lutheran camp near Asheville, N.C., in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is appropriately named Lutheridge. Many church denominations have camps in that same area.

As you read the Citizen today, I am blessed to be in the middle of our week at Lutheridge right now. Having come here with campers for over 30 years, I can give you an almost exact account of our week, even though I’m writing this before we leave. Read More»

Another ‘biggie’

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Christmas and Easter. The “biggies,” right?

Well, what about the event we will “celebrate”tomorrow, which happens to be the 40th day after Easter?

Yes, it was 40 days after Christ’s resurrection that He ascended back into heaven, the event we call “The Ascension.”

News flash: it’s a “biggie,” too.

Bishop John Bradosky of our North American Lutheran Church shared an intriguing reflection on Christ’s ascension and its meaning for us today, the bulk of which I will pass on to you here with his blessing. I have had to edit and omit some portions to fit this column. Read More»

Examine the evidence

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We people of faith talk a lot about faith. You know, believing things we cannot see with our human eyes and cannot prove by scientific data. One of our favorite Bible passages is “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV.

But as we come away from the glorious celebration of Easter, I have two questions. One, is it really true that Jesus rose from the dead? And two, do we believe just because we have “faith,” or is there truly “evidence” that he actually rose? Let’s take the second question first. Read More»

Headline: Fayette teens do good things again!

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The headline this past week in both the Citizen and even in the AJC said something different from this headline above. We pray for the young man and his family from that event last week as they sort through the tragedy that apparently occurred between a teen nephew and his uncle right here in Fayetteville. The headline read, with paraphrase, “Fayetteville Teen ‘does a terrible thing.’” Read More»

Come with me to Ash Wednesday service

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Come with me into the sanctuary tonight for the Ash Wednesday Service, the start of Lent. Read with me two important bulletin notes which help set the appropriate spiritual mood and atmosphere for this service and this season.
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Why ‘Snow-mageddon’?

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“Snow-mageddon.” That’s what many tagged our horrific encounter with the snow, ice, and traffic fiasco of last week. Do you know why this word is invented for such events and where it comes from? Well, let me put on my “theologian’s hat” and take us through some pretty intriguing and often controversial territory. I am not an expert on this topic, but here is how I understand it.

The original word is Armageddon, a name occurring only once in the Bible and designating the place, Mount Megiddo, where the last great epic battle of the ages, good vs. evil, will take place (Revelation 16:16). Read More»

The Perfect 10 for 2014

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Happy New Year, everyone. As I write this we’re just a few days into 2014, and there’s still time to set your goals and aspirations for this coming year. Regardless of whether you have locked your resolutions in stone or not, I have a most excellent suggestion as to how you can live the happiest, healthiest, most wise year possible. Read More»

Thank you, church musicians

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Yes, as Christmas approaches, let’s take a moment to stop and thank all of you church musicians for all the wonderful blessings you add to our celebration of Christ’s birth. Without the music of the faith which you bring us, we surely confess that the season would be something far less meaningful than it is. And certainly you bless us all year long in every season and occasion with your precious gifts of sacred music. Read More»

Bible Tweets

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That’s right. What if the authors of the 27 books of the New Testament of the Bible had been limited to only one “tweet” on “Twitter” in order to get their main point across? That’s kind of a strange question and scenario, but in our “tweet-happy” world, maybe not so far-fetched.

I would actually have two answers to that question. First, I would say that we would be without so many of our favorite and beloved passages. But second, I would celebrate the rich Truth so easily brought into our minds and hearts in such a short and simple way. Read More»

Guess what else Oct. 31st is?

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We know it’s Halloween. But it’s also a notable date for something else. I invite you “to Google” Martin Luther (not M.L. King) with me. Here’s a good entry at About.com Christianity. I’ve edited it a bit for you to read here. Read More»

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