November 18, 2017

Another Look: The Great Divide

To the bath and the table, To the prayers and the word, I call every seeking soul. • Inscribed on a church bell in Wisconsin * * * I did a couple of talks at my church recently, discussing my transition from evangelicalism to the Lutheran tradition. As I talked, words from several iMonk commenters […]

An Invitation to Communion

Recently, I reworked the text we put in our church bulletin each Sunday inviting people to the Lord’s Table. As I have said in our discussions here before, I think that “open” communion is the approach that is most compatible with the faith of Jesus. That is not to deny that the Lord’s Table has […]

Adam Palmer: Cain, Abel, and a Theology of the Table

Note from CM: I’m always happy when we can post something from our friend Adam Palmer. This is good stuff, folks. • • • CAIN, ABEL, AND A THEOLOGY OF THE TABLE By Adam Palmer Too much grief. I have so much, and have it so consistently, and I almost always have it because of […]

Reformation 500: What I Like about Lutheran Baptism

What I Like about Lutheran Baptism I had the privilege of baptizing two little girls this morning, and it reminded me that one of the stumbling blocks I had to get over as a post-evangelical was the issue of baptism. For most of my pastoral career I was a credo-baptist, that is, I practiced “believer’s baptism,” […]

Another Look: The Font and the Tiny Casket

Note from CM: This week I am attending a Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) conference at a local hospital, focusing on providing bereavement care for families who suffer perinatal death (death in the period before or shortly after birth). The stories I’ve been hearing from nurses and other health professionals, as well as the bereaved parents […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 8, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is the final Sunday in Eastertide and next Sunday we mark Pentecost. During this season we are contemplating words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source is his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, we consider two […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: May 1, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • Today, Nouwen focuses his attention on the part of the Emmaus […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 24, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we are contemplating some words from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • As we watch the disciples walking to Emmaus, their shoulders slumped, […]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 17, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we will provide some brief readings from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be Nouwen’s book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. In the book’s introduction, Henri Nouwen tells why he wrote […]

Church Changes

I have found myself in an interesting position lately. I’ve been preaching at a small, rural Lutheran church about fifteen miles from my home. It is a sweet, traditional congregation, a church that was founded in 1838. For some time now, they have had a semi-retired pastor serving them. They are too small to support […]