Authority

23 When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus replied, “I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you whatContinue reading “Authority”

A Teaching on Divorce

He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them. 2Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses commandContinue reading “A Teaching on Divorce”

Humble thy self…

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; notContinue reading “Humble thy self…”

Up or In?

I was talking with someone yesterday about my call story and how I became a pastor. I ran in the beginning as most of my clergy friends did. We think God really isn’t calling us to be a pastor, we know who we were and where we had been and what we had done, soContinue reading “Up or In?”

Why do I persist?

I was asked yesterday by a friend, “When is it time to give up?” Now most of you know that I am an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and I have been on leave from call for the past 16 months. I have been diligently seeking where God is callingContinue reading “Why do I persist?”

Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd… Many of us call the pastor of a congregation a shepherd. The pastor is the shepherd of the flock, the one who leads this group where they need to go. The pastor is the one who shows the good water to drink, the good grass to eat, the right timeContinue reading “Shepherd”

Straining Forward…

It would be so easy for me to worry about what has happened in my life. Up until last Wednesday I was a called pastor, and that was my reality for the last 5 years. You see yesterday was the first Ash Wednesday in 5 years that I was not leading a gathered body ofContinue reading “Straining Forward…”