Weddings

I am not against weddings. I had one of my own. We’re still married after nearly 29 years. I have officiated at weddings. I can tell stories about them, positive and negative. That said, here are a couple of things I’ve recently read about weddings. A Catholic priest reflects. And did you hear there’s a…

In the Breaking of Bread

An Easter Sermon Two disciples were on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a seven mile walk. Jerusalem was behind them. They thought the story was over—and it hadn’t ended as they thought it would. As they walked they talked, and repeated to one another the things that Jesus had said and done, trying to…

Atheist Military Chaplains?

New York Times says atheists are pushing to have military chaplains. Problem is not only would they have to have an endorsing agent, they’d also have to have an MDiv. Not that there aren’t atheists with MDivs … not that there aren’t some seminaries that produce a lot of atheists … And I wonder what…

This Blog

I guess my blog has been in suspended animation for some time. I just looked at the history … I went three months without a post. My activity really dropped off when I became pastor of my current two church district two years ago. The churches and my National Guard unit keep me busy. But…

Digital Books

I must confess that I prefer real books. I like their feel and their smell and the history of old books. I like being able to make notes in them. But I have a problem–I don’t have room for all my books in my house. My bedroom is lined with bookcases. I have bookcases in…

FAUX News Lies about Obama and Easter

I am furious at FAUX news’ manipulation of religion for their own political gamesmanship. Case in point, their lie that the president ignored Easter. First, it isn’t the president’s job to be Pastor-in-Chief. But he did have a prayer breakfast in Holy Week and did make an Easter statement. As if Rupert Murdoch is a…

Little Journeys with Martin Luther

My church history professor at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Eric W. Gritsch, first told me about the book, Little Journeys about Martin Luther. Written by William Nicholas Harley in 1916, and subtitled, “A Real Book wherein are printed divers Sayings and Doings of Dr Luther in these latter days when he applied for Synodical membership in…