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Telling the Truth Frederick Buechner

Telling the Truth by Frederick Buechner

It has been a long time since a book felt like a cool drink of water on a hot day, or sitting down on a comfortable chair after a long and weary walk, or sharing a good meal with safe people after days of hostile deliberations. Frederick Buechner’s book Telling the Truth was that for […]

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The King Who Serves Life | A Sermon on Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5

A sermon for Christ the King Sunday from the Narrative Lectionary text Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5. What does God do when God’s children continually rebel and turn to self-destructive behavior? How do we balance Law and Grace in our lives and in our violent world? Listen to the Sermon Read the Sermon There are many ways […]

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Daily Reading Schedule and A Grateful Heart

There are two reasons for this post. First, the daily reading schedule for the ┬áNarrative Lectionary is updated for this week. Find it here. Second, please pray for us at Grace on Wednesday night. Pastor Mark invited me to create a large drawing during the Thanksgiving Eve Service while he is telling the story of […]

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dissertation on shelf

The Dissertation is Bound and on the Shelf

If you heard a little psychic “Yippee!” it was probably me when I saw my dissertation bound and sitting on the shelf in the library at Luther Seminary. This journey began in February, 2007 when I heard a strange voice at 3:00am say, “Steve, move to Minnesota and get a Ph.D.” I had no idea […]

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dark side of grace

The Dark Side of Grace

Last week I posted an article called Theology of the Cross. The emphasis in that article was that the Good News of our salvation is that it is not based upon our ability to succeed in being righteous. The Gospel is an unconditional promise of God to restore all things. Of course, I received friendly […]

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What is God Doing in Your Life? Four Video Stories of Vocation

The month of October was very special in our congregation at Grace Lutheran Church. In August and September we took a film crew on location and asked four members of our congregation how they experienced God’s presence and activity in their everyday lives. We played these videos, one per week, during worship in October to […]

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