The Pastor Challenge

The Pastor Challenge

The Assist Pregnancy Center's Walk-Run-Ride for Life is coming up in May and this year I am challenging myself in order to challenge all of you! I am challenging myself to ride a "Metric Century" (100 kilometers) in four hours, and if I can ride farther than I ever have at one time before, I challenge all of you to support me more than ever before. I set my goal this year at $5,000, and our team (Lutherans for Life) at $7,500! If I can do it, you can do it. Assist helps so many mothers and babies, and they are expanding their facility to help even more - and so need our help more than ever, especially coming out of this pandemic. So please help! CLICK HERE to go to my sponsor page to sponsor me, or you can sponsor anyone else who joins the team, or the team as a whole.

Will you step up to the challenge??

Friday, April 24, 2009

Take the Survey!

A new survey on the Synod's restructuring report is available for everyone to take and add your comments and opinions. Click here to go and take the survey - let your voice be heard! And please pass the word - the more input and participation, the better.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Call Night

Last night was "Call Night" at Concordia Theological Seminary - the night when those men who are completing the preparation and formation receive their call into the Office of the Holy Ministry. Many do not know where they will be going until they hear their name and assignment announced that night. Every Pastor remembers that night - it is the culmination of a lot of work, and the beginning of much more! It is a joyous time.

Last night two of my congregation's adopted seminarians should have received calls. One did, one (it appears) did not. I would like to put the best construction on this, and say that his call is pending, that there weren't enough calls for all the men, or something like that. But it seems that there may (again) be retribution behind this - that he is being penalized for activities that he has done in the past. You see, before he entered the seminary, this man was very active and vocal in synodical politics. Those who now hold positions of responsibility and authority in our synod (notice I did not say power) did not like his activities, and (it seems) are letting it be known. I hope I am wrong. If I am shown to be wrong, I will gladly issue a retraction here, with my repentance and request for forgiveness. But right now, my heart is heavy for this man and his family, and I fear the worst. And I am saddened that something like this would happen in our synod.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I have the utmost respect for the folks who serve and protect us in the military. I have several current and retired service members in my congregation. I myself never served in the military - I'm no good at taking orders, though maybe I could have learned. The Navy SEALS have been in the news this week for their professionalism and skill in rescuing the captain of the Maersk Alabama, but I have seen this professionalism and skill in all those who serve. The vocation of soldier, marine, sailor, and airman is a good and honorable one, and I am thankful for all who serve.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Thoughts

A great day today. The Divine Service for the Resurrection of our Lord just can't be beat - the culmination of a week of wonderful time spent in the Word, meditation, prayer, and receiving the gifts of God. New white paraments today added to the beauty of the chancel. Now, some rest. No meetings or classes this week. I hope I'll get to spend some time outside this week too. Thursday I have a meeting with the folks at Catholic U. about my Ph.D. program - I am looking forward to that. Next week I start back in with Latin (my teacher took some time off to have a baby!), and then in a couple of weeks our Good Shepherd Seminar with Prof. John Pless. It's going to be a good month!

Christ is Risen!

He is not here. He is risen, as He said!
A blessed celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord to you all.
Divine Service at 10:15 am

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Recommended Music

In the post that follows this one, you will see an album cover for Palestrina's Lamentations. Besides being a wonderful piece of art, the music is beautiful and a great way of relaxing and meditating on this day of our Lord's Sabbath rest in the tomb. I highly recommend it! (Available from the iTunes music store, if you want to go get it!)

Holy Saturday

A Blessed Holy Saturday to you all.
Join us for the Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 pm
at the home of Jonathan and Viviana Malekzadeh
[click here for directions]

Friday, April 10, 2009

Great and Holy Friday

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
May God bless your time in His Word, prayer, and meditation this day.

Joins us for:
The Way of the Cross, 12:30 pm
at Greenspring Village
[click here for directions]

Tenebrae Service, 7:30 pm
at the home of Jonathan and Viviana Malekzadeh
[click here for directions]

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Holy Thursday

A blessed Holy Maundy Thursday to you all.
Divine Service this evening at 7:30 pm
at the home of Jonathan and Viviana Malekzadeh
Click here for directions.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

TWO Lutheran Study Bibles!

Paul McCain points out on his Cybrebrethren blog that the ELCA has come out with a Bible they are also calling "The Lutheran Study Bible" - don't be confused! There is a vast difference between the ELCA version and the one coming this Fall from CPH. McCain gives one excerpt on his blog and you can see for yourself the tremendous difference in quality and orthodoxy. Our congregation is taking orders for the one you will want, from CPH. Please let others know about this and warn them. Thanks.