February 27, 2018

GIFTING THE CALLED

My good friend, Rich Melheim, often says, “God gifts the called, rather than only calling the gifted.”  In my brief time as a pastor, I have found this to be true.  I have seen people, who may not be an obvious choice, find that in taking on a new cha...

February 26, 2018

Who believes in us, TRUSTS US, and empowers us…

GOD TRUSTS US???

We affirm in this creed that not only are we are to trust God, but that God trusts us.  I can’t imagine what it would take for God to put the future of Christianity into the hands of the believers.  Even mo...

February 25, 2018

Who believes in us

CREEDS

It could be said that a creed is a statement of what we believe.  In all the major creeds of the church we confess what we believe about God.  In this creed, we also wanted to affirm that God believes in us.  By affirming that God believes in us...

February 23, 2018

Who's Love is the Life Force of the Universe

WHAT WE NEED

I sometimes wish I had become a scientist.  I have always been fascinated with the complexity of human biology, though I didn’t do well in my Biology 101 class at Carthage College.  Probably because it was an Eigh...

February 21, 2018

We believe in God, the Creator, Whose LOVE is the life-force of the Universe

THE BLUEPRINT

To quote Phyllis Diller, “If you are what you eat…I am going to eat a thin person.”  

In John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “God is Love.”   It is not just what God does but who God is.  I...

February 20, 2018

We believe in God, the Creator

TWO CREATION STORIES

In the book of Genesis, there are two main creation stories in the first two chapters.  The first one begins with, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.”  The second creation story begins with almost...

February 20, 2018

We Believe in God the Creator

SUPERMAN GOD

When I was four or five, I took the annual “Justification” trip with my family to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  What you ask, is a “Justification” trip?  It is what every pastor needs after Christmas or Easter…Ju...

February 17, 2018

THE SPIRIT OF PEACE CREED  

We believe in God the creator

Who’s love is the life force of of the universe,

Who believes in us, trusts us an empowers us,

Who lives in us and through us and fills us with wonder.

We believe in Jesus, God’s own son;

Who shows through his life, t...

February 17, 2018

We Believe...

ALL OVER THE MAP

I had a few reservations about writing a creed.  So often churches separate themselves by proclaiming what they believe.  It is as if, what really matters, is getting the theology exactly right. Often the statements of what they believe are...

February 16, 2018

THE CRISIS

When I first started preaching at Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church in 2014, I realized that much of what I had learned about preaching, and much of my “go to” stuff was not going to work.  As a former youth minister, I was given many opportunities to preach in...

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