Preaching to Protest: How the Gospel was a Threat to the Nazis

It was not the actions of one person that led to the atrocities of the Holocaust and the war. It was the action and inaction of those that would not speak up. It was the pride of a people who became convinced that they were perfect, who began to worship themselves.

The ‘Protest’-ant Reformation: From Luther to Kaepernick

Whether Luther intended to or not, his actions started the Protestant Reformation. He did not want to start a new church, but he did want to change and reform the system of the church. It was a system that was designed to profit off of those who were with no privilege and were oppressed. This is not unlike what we are seeing today with the protests happening around the US in order to bring awareness to racial justice.

Why I Tithe to the Church

“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.” –C.S. Lewis As I enter my new position with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rosedale, MD, I have been remembering one of the many conversations that I …

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Faking Demonic Possession is Like a Mustard Seed (Commentary on Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52)

Although it is very sacrilegious and there’s quite a bit of profanity, one of my favorite books is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. As you can gather from the title, it is a fictional account of Jesus’ life told from the perspective of Jesus’ best friend, Biff. It …

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Perfection (Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48)

“We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let's go to …

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Do You Have the Courage to Take the Heat? (Commentary on Matthew 5:21-26)

These last few months have been difficult to grasp as they have flown by. This nation and this world have been turned upside down, flipped, and shaken. And through it all, Donald Trump is still the President, the division in the nation has not lessened, and there seems to be a rumbling underneath the surface …

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The Church Doesn’t Need Change Leaders, It Needs Entrepreneurs

The church is dying. At least that is what many leaders of the church are saying today and statistics tend to agree with them. According to Pew Research, almost every Christian denomination in the United States has declined in population in the last decade and those trends are only going to continue to go down …

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Choosing Crossfit Over Church

Dr. David Lose (President of LTSP) has a very interesting presentation that he's been giving about the nature of our church in relation to story. The idea is that the church as a whole is not well versed in the stories of scripture, and even further, individuals have not been able to articulate why church …

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Walking With God is Exhausting

Day to day, my life can be pretty hectic. I generally have about 5 classes per semester, I work at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairview Village anywhere between 20-40 hours a week and I work as a very part-time spiritual counselor at Martin Luther Silver Springs about 5-8 hours a week. Needless to say, I work …

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Where to begin…

In a time, as the church, where there just seems to be so much that's going on, so many unanswered questions, unknown paths and directions, and a constant state of worry and concern for its future... Where do we even begin? How do we become unstuck and begin to move forward into the unknown that is the future of the church?