Category Archives: Lutheran

Having Your Back

Says Jesus (as recorded by John): 15”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because […]
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On Suffering by Choice

In his book, How Bad Do You Want It, author and coach Matt Fitzgerald explores the psychology of endurance sports, or the psychological attributes needed to endure. Using the analogy of fire walking he takes the reader through stories of real athletes, their achievements, and their failures. The difference between achievement and failure is measure in […]
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Unsettled – Gratitude 6/14

Do you ever have days when you feel a bit unsettled? Like a heavy weight is weighing on you? When its hard to focus upon the task at hand? I think that most of us experience these feelings on occasion. Some experience these feelings more often and more intensely. For them it is clinical depression, […]
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An Old Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20 and the Trinity

“We begin in the name of Jesus, who came down from heaven, died on the cross, and entered my heart.” This is the invocation for weekly chapel at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Beginning in preschool, children learn these words, and when I began leading chapel here many years ago, it was the children who taught […]
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A Good Workout – Gratitude 5/4

Sometimes…oftentimes even, the antidote to feeling anxious (or stressed) is a good dose of exercise. One of the many reasons I run is that I’ve experienced the wonderful physical benefits of a good workout. In some mysterious way, running hard results in a relaxed mind and body (even if the muscles are a bit tired). […]
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Thoughts while watching Boston – Gratitude 4/17

  This morning, from the comfort of my living room,  I watched my first Boston Marathon. My thoughts were on my hope qualify to run it next year (I’ll be trying to shave off the 6 minutes I need to qualify May 28th). While watching I was surprised by the emotional effect of something so ordinary… the […]
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30 Pounds – Gratitude 4/11

  This morning I participated in a group exercise class at #M26Fitness. This isn’t new, as I usually try to get in two classes a week. But this was a new day /time /instructor for me. I enjoyed the very hard work of this class and will have to fit some of these into my […]
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A new friend – gratitude 3/9

In studying with 19 pastors from all over the world I’m making some new friends. Yesterday I went for a nice walk to the Elbe River with Gerda, a pastor from Denmark. Not only is she a pastor, she also runs…marathons and ultras. I’ll try and show a new friend or friend’s photo over the […]
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Panorama 1517 – Gratitude 3/8

Two days ago we saw an exhibit that was prepared for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It it a panoramic of Wittenberg as it would have been in 1517. My photos don’t convey all but I’ll share anyway. Today I’m personally thankful for: the opportunity to delve into deep theological topics with pastors from […]
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Brrr, it’s cold outside – Gratitude 3/5

Today was my first full day in Wittenberg Germany, and so far it’s been pretty full. I started with a run at 6:15am, 30 minutes before sunrise. I was afraid that it’d be freezing but after a couple miles I had to take off my long sleeve shirt. Then worship was in the old Castle […]
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