Pastor’s Blog

We Blessed Our Sunday School Children

“You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.”  Leviticus 19:32 I’m now one of the gray headed, mentioned in the book of Leviticus, but long before as a newly ordained minister I was offered the option of...

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God’s Work. Our Hands.

“God’s Work Our Hands” day of service for Lutheran Church of the Master is Saturday, September 15, with these service opportunities: 1. Habitat for Humanity: build using your carpentry skills purchase food for volunteers prepare meals for the volunteers deliver meals...

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So Many Reasons to Celebrate

Friday, the last day of August (August 31), is “National Eat Outdoors Day,” offering us a reason to dine in the fresh outdoor air. Summer days will soon be but a memory as fall colors begin to appear, announcing snow is on its way. Celebrate on Friday by packing a...

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Prison Reform: A Change in Public Mindset Needed

The Walnut Street Jail, built in the 1770’s in Philadelphia, was a Quaker-inspired experiment in penal reform. Corporal punishment of inmates was eliminated, replaced with educational opportunities, regular religious services, and health safeguards. Fifty years later,...

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“I Saw the Light”

Two songs sung in church this past weekend have been playing over and over in my mind. BlueGrace welcomed us to worship Sunday morning singing “I Saw the Light” written by Hank Williams. He wrote and recorded the song in 1948, and closed many of shows with the song...

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Choosing Civility

The Wall Street Journal featured a story by Gerald F. Seib on July 30 entitled “What Duluth Can Teach America About Declining Political Civility.” “Harsh rhetoric" and “nasty political discourse" years earlier had threatened decision-making necessary for the city to...

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When We Share, Miracles Happen

“There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. This year a reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew the corn. The reporter was surprised to know that the farmer shares his...

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Don’t Bear False Witness

“What’s an Edsel?” asked one of my students in Confirmation class. The question pleased me; the student proved attentive. Then I realized my imagery wouldn’t work on this young crowd. For those of my ilk, Edsel was a symbol of “over-promise.” Ford Motor Company began...

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Are Guns a Health Hazard?

Two years ago the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of Maryhurst, Oregon purchased shares in several gun manufacturing companies including shares in the Strum Ruger & Co. Their intent was to influence the manufacturer’s gun safety policies. The sisters...

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Watching from a Distance

Our ten have returned from Houston where they attended the ELCA’s tri-annual Youth Gathering. From all accounts it was an inspiring spirit-filled week. Our ten joined 30,000 other teens from every state and more than 2700 congregations for days of learning, service,...

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Because of You . . .

Because of you….twenty one from LCM will explore their faith, pray, worship and study the Bible in a setting far from Carol Stream over the summer with mentors and new-found friends. On Wednesday, June 27, eight left from the LCM parking lot for O’Hare to fly to...

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History Repeats Itself

History Repeats Itself: The Polarizing Issue of Immigration Egypt has a new king, we read in the first chapter of Exodus, a new king who has grown fearful of the foreigners living in his midst. He says to “his” people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and...

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The Counterproductive Nature of Revenge

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious,” said Oscar Wilde. Judging comes so easy; time and again we compare and contrast, separate the wheat from the chaff, the good from the bad, the charming from the tedious. Many...

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The Trinity Explained to a Ten-Year-Old

Alan Foster was riding home after playing baseball with his friends. It was a warm spring day, and he stopped as he rode past the church. The doors and windows were wide open, the lights were on and the choir was rehearsing. They were singing “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Alan...

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Who, Me?

“Who, me?” blurted both Adam and Eve upon getting caught eating the forbidden fruit. “It was the snake’s fault,” they insisted.  From the beginning of time we pass blame to another, enjoying temporary release only to discover, eventually, long term self-destruction....

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I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

We’re going to have some explaining to do come judgement day when St. Peter greets us at the pearly gates asking us about all the walls we built fearing strangers. Jesus was clear. “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the...

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Happy Ascension Day

The Ascension Day cards have been signed, addressed, stamped and taken to the Post Office. Ascension decorations sit atop both the fireplace mantle and the dining room table, and Ascension Day desserts of blue Jello with clouds of whipped cream interspersed have been...

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Come, Follow Me

Our theology professor in seminary explained faith by creating a grid on a blackboard. Along the top of the grid he listed various Christian faiths: Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Episcopal. Down the side of the grid he listed...

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God Always Finds a Home

A realtor sent notice of a “classic” Northwest Side Chicago Church building for sale described as “a charming and beautiful church” in a “prime location.” A tear formed and slid down my cheek as I read of yet another church family soon to be homeless. It’s true, the...

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