The King James Bible

The King James version (KJV) of the Bible, also known as the “Authorized Version,” was the Bible when I was young. In fact, we ordinary Lutherans did not know that there was any other version of the Bible. Our clergyman … Read More

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The English Language Bible

“If God wrote the Bible in English, it’s good enough for me.” This quote showed up spreading across Facebook recently, attributed to Michele Bachmann. I knew as soon as I saw it that Bachmann did not really say that, and … Read More

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What has a little baby done?

The other day, a person from the neighborhood was in my office to use the phone. After making his call, he stayed to visit for a while. “I’ve done a lot of bad things in my life,” he said. “I … Read More

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Are you an angel from God?

What you are about to read is true, except that “George’s” name is not his real name, but has been changed for reasons of privacy. George was driving home, and found some beautiful music on the radio. When it ended, … Read More

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Hearing their cries

Ken (not his real name) is back in prison again, his third time. His crime, trial, and sentence didn’t even make the short articles in the back of the paper, but if it had, you would have probably looked at … Read More

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Why me, Lord? What did I do?

Winston was having a very bad day. He was sick in bed when his boss called and told him that he had better get in to work with a doctor’s release, or he would lose his job. On the way … Read More

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God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

The ELCA Confession of Faith, subtitled “What we believe in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” has as its first article, “This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” ELCA Lutherans share this belief in the Holy … Read More

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Worshiping within a cross

We talk a lot about worshiping at the foot of the cross, and praying around the cross, but did you know that at Elim Lutheran Church, and also at many other churches, we worship within a cross?

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And a little child shall lead them….

Every day, I pick my wife up when she gets off work. While I am waiting for her to come out, a school bus pulls up across the street, and children get off the bus. By the sizes of the … Read More

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A new church year has begun

As I write this, it is November 30. The last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King Sunday, was last Sunday. Sunday, December 2, is the First Sunday in Advent. The word “Advent” is an anglicized version of the … Read More

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