Antidote for Complacency: Reflections of Sunday's Readings

The very first thing that caught my eye as I drove into Ann Arbor the spring of 1966 was that strange graffiti on a huge concrete retaining wall. Being in Greek I could not decipher it and perhaps for that very reason it tantalized me.

Of course,  as soon as I started my studies at Concordia College […]

Knowing and Not Knowing: The Holy Trinity

Tomorrow is Holy Trinity Sunday.

I believe the best thing about the doctrine of the Trinity is its nod to unknowing. The early church beat back several attempts to make the knowledge of God manageable. Gnostics wanted to  have a spiritual god who was above the blood and sweat and nagging ambiguities of the material world. […]

Frederick W. Danker: Professor, Prophet, Provocateur?

Doctor Frederick W. Danker died on February 2, 2012.
                I read the news in the alumni news magazine from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and it hit me hard. I read the news and was stunned. Then I thought about it in the following days, when I had spare moments for quiet reflection, and […]

Reflections on Lessons for Epiphany 6

The lessons for Epiphany 6 A are […]

Where Do We Hear the Church?

We hear the church not only through authorized voices, but also through the voices of those on the margins. We hear the church through that which gathers people to God’s […]

Easter Dawn and the Pastor Was Tapping Her Feet

An Easter dawn sermon strikes a nerve and has the pastor tapping her feet. What God is doing is way more than we can […]