Help A Child In Need

How To Help a Child In Need Diakon Child, Family, & Community Ministries has been making worlds whole for hurting children and youth since the mid-1800s. Today, one of our goals is to improve the lives of children, youth and families through foster care and adoption. Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Touches the Lives of […]


Vote for THIS Person!

Really?? You expected me to tell you who to vote for? That’s not going to happen. As a pastor, I do not have that responsibility or that power. In other words – that’s not my job! But let’s take a look at what we want to see happen in our state, in our country, and […]


The Importance of Place

The Importance of Place: A Reflection On Buildings A few months ago, you may have heard me mention that New Life Community Church (a.k.a. the Theater Church) bought the old First United Methodist church building! The discussion we had at the October Ministerium meeting was rich with questions about the issue of “the importance of place”. The […]


What Does it Mean to Be Evangelical?

What’s in a name? This came up recently in congregational council, over our tendency to occasionally “lose” the word evangelical when we refer to the name of our church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. I was reminded of it again while reading Shane Claiborne’s book, Irresistible Revolution, when he reminded us of the Greek roots […]


Power vs. Power

It is Saturday night. It is quiet outside now. Today, January 23rd, we had one of the largest blizzards hit Carlisle. The official figures are not yet in – but it looks like 24 to 30 inches of snow fell during the last 24 hours. And it has brought everything to a halt. Services are […]


Jesus the Refugee Part 2

  Last month my blog was titled “Jesus the Refugee.”  Much has happened since I wrote that article – only one month ago. First, the number of refugees continues to grow.  According to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), “for the first time since World War II, there are more than 50 million refugees […]


Jesus the Refugee

It’s all in the news. What are we to do about the refugee crisis? Well first of all, the facts seem to be significantly different than the hysteria that is going on. I encourage you to read this article – it’s help on the following web site. It was helpful to me in separating the […]


Reflection: Envoi

At the end of a poem or long book of poems or novels sometimes writers will add an envoi which is a stanza shorter than all the rest which concludes or summarizes what has happened. I know what you’re probably thinking, what does an envoi have to do with this blog, or the trip as […]


Day 8: There is No Place Like Home

To be honest, I kind of wanted to go home. I felt sort of like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz at the end, where she wants more than anything else to go home. But it’s a bittersweet goodbye because she has to say goodbye to all of the friends she met and grew connections […]


Day 7: Skillet

The morning unlike the last was terribly hot. We got to sleep in until 9:00 a.m. which was a nice change. We rode on the Detroit monorail, called the People Mover, which took us around the city after breakfast. We were challenged to meet more people. It was a little shaky, but we got a […]

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