Category: Pastor’s Blog

  • Why Black Lives Matter

    How My Mind Was Changed When I first heard the sentence, “Black Lives Matter,” my reflex response was, “Well, of course. All lives matter.” Human life matters. Your life matters, as does mine. Yellow and brown lives matter too. And white lives. All the wonderful colors of humanity matter because they clothe a human being,…

  • Priest, Parent, and Prince – Tres Ordines

    The Covid-19 Chronicles: Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 10 Those of us who grew up reciting Luther’s Small Catechism for our suppers will recall the Table of Duties, the last of the small catechism’s eight parts, and the most difficult to learn by heart. In the typical congregation’s catechism curriculum, there wasn’t much time left…

  • Sola Scientia

    The Covid-19 Chronicles: Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 9 I’m a big fan of science. Having spent six years of my college and graduate education and the first seven of my vocational years in chemistry, science is in my intellectual DNA. As a pastor-theologian, the only chemistry I practice these days is in the kitchen…

  • Ecclesia Virtualis

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 8 “Our churches also teach that one holy church is to continue forever. This church is the assembly of saints in which the Gospel is taught purely and the sacraments are administered rightly.” – Augsburg Confession VII The Covid-19 crisis has catapulted the church into the…

  • Eucharistic Ethics

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 7 In my last essay, Eucharistic Fasting, I attempted to explain from Lutheran first principles the reasons for my congregation’s abstaining from the Sacrament during this time of CoV-2 quarantine. It drew considerable discussion, both positively and negatively. Some of the criticism surprised me, coming from…

  • Eucharistic Fasting

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 6 The Covid-19 pandemic has created something of a crisis of communion in the Church. The Orthodox churches have largely suspended communion where they cannot gather. So also have the Roman churches. For non-sacramental protestants, this is not as much of a problem because music, preaching,…

  • Metanoia

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 5 “There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus?  I…

  • Word and Prayer

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 4 “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day….” Revelation 1:10 John was in exile on the island of Patmos, a bishop separated from his congregations. He had neither pulpit nor altar. It was Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the Day of Resurrection. What was John…

  • Exiled in Babylon

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 3 When the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple in 586 BC, the residents of Judea were carried off into exile, as prophesied by Jeremiah, who didn’t exactly win popularity points with a people who thought they were invincible as God’s chosen people. During their…

  • A Shake Test

    The Covid-19 Chronicles : Reflections in a Pandemic, Part 2 I remember my 8th grade art teacher, whose classes were not so much art as they were craft. Lots of styrofoam, tooth picks, paper mache, white glue, and tempera paint. When evaluating our work, she would always pick it up and give it a firm…