Dispelling the Myth

We, along with much of Europe and the rest of North America (save Canada—they do what they want), set aside the 2nd Monday in October for a little holiday known as Columbus Day. Columbus Day is described as the day commemorating Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. At least that’s what they taught me in […]

Youth Practicing Sharing

On Friday, March 22, ten wide-eyed and excited youth and pastors from Hope, Arcade jumped into two minivans and headed north on Route 16. Our destination was the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca, New York. We were headed up for a little event known as the Niagara Frontier Volleyball Marathon. I haven’t been […]

The Bible

Are you watching The Bible on the History Channel? Well, if you aren’t you are sorely missing out, and you might be alone. So far this year The Bible is the #1 show on television. Somehow it even had more viewers than the Walking Dead last Sunday night (figure that one out). The 10-hour special […]

Faith Matters – Hopeful

It’s official: I’m over winter. If I didn’t realize it before, my recent excursion to Myrtle Beach with a dozen other Lutheran pastors from across the United States sealed the deal. Five rounds of golf in four days will do that to a guy. Unfortunately for me, however, winter’s not through with us. Not yet. […]

On The 13th Day

Last Sunday morning millions of children around the world woke up to find presents not under their Christmas tree, but under their shoes! Seriously, and it only means one thing: the Three Kings were in town. The 12 days of Christmas may come with their presents, but the 13th day after Christmas means the wise […]

Faith Matters – Oct. 29, 2012

A Changing Day For at least the last 495 years October 31 has held a different significance in the life of the church than in, say, popular culture. On that date in 1517 Martin Luther (not the King), posted 95 problems with the church on a church door in a German town called Wittenberg. While […]

Faith Matters: La Frontera

Just yesterday Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center (LCLC) kicked off another summer of outdoor ministry in Western New York. On Sunday afternoon youth traveled hundreds of miles to put aside their cell phones, turn off their video games, move away from their televisions and take in the great outdoors. Thinking about their trip down the gravel […]

Faith Matters – May 21, 2012

Yesterday on my way to a funeral I dropped my car off at the mechanic.  Making small talk this morning when I picked it up, my mechanic said, “Sometimes I bet you wish your schedule was full of the more fun and joyful stuff like weddings, don’t you?” “That would be nice,” I lied in […]