Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.

Revelation 7:9

My Friends in Christ,

My blog today may be long and rambling.

When I was in junior high and my first year of high school my family lived on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father was stationed at a Naval Training Center located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh close to Carnegie-Mellon University. Oakland was close…

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes…

Sabbath Rest – Emotional Wellness

Sabbath Rest – Emotional Wellness

Sabbath Rest – Emotional Wellness

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.”

1 Kings 19:4-5Dear Friends,

The October Issue of Lutheran Witness, one of my denomination’s official publications, is entitled, “Ministry and Mental Health”. It deals with the topics…

Christian Community

Christian Community

Christian Community

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:5-7

Dear Friends,

In his book, Let Go and Let God, John E. Keller shares the story of a pastor and that pastor’s ministry.

The pastor reflects on his ministry. He divides his ministry into three stages.

In the first stage, the pastor pictures himself on the bank of a river. In the river, people…