“Why Do You Want to be A Pastor?”

I get asked this question often, and I was inevitably asked this question during my Michigan District interview as part of the process in applying for the LCMS seminary. When it comes down to it, I really just have a simple answer: Because of Jesus. Of course, that’s not a satisfactory answer for one probing at…

We’re Living in Crazy Times

“We’re living in crazy times” is a common phrase spoken by many who are overwhelmed with the dangerous path the world is following. I hear this phrase being spoken mostly by my Christian brethren. Yet I want to propose something: What if these times aren’t so crazy? Compared to the Christian persecution in Rome and…

Love Bears All Things

Every night you visit me. Sometimes in dreams. Sometimes in nightmares. I dream of you as I wish things to be. We go on picnics, to bible studies, praying together. Everything is as I desire. Then I dream of your loss—a nightmare of your inevitable rejection. It is deceitful, starting out as a dream as…

To Have Jesus

The phone rings. The voice on the other end says, “I need you again,” then hangs up. Through the tonal pitch of anxiety in her voice, no other information was needed. Her voice trembled with the uncertainty of a jovial future, for the demon of her past has reared its ugly head once more. Such…

Review: Being Lutheran

Author: Reverend A. Trevor Sutton Publisher: St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2016 Rating: 5/5 stars CPH Price: $12.99 – $14.99 Bottom Line Being Lutheran is a terrific introduction to understanding the Lutheran faith whether the reader is a beginning Lutheran in catechism class or whether the reader is not Lutheran and simply wants to understand what being Lutheran means. Being Lutheran is…