Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Funeral

I went to a funeral recently for a very young boy who died in an accident.  The funeral service was faithfully presided over by a strong Lutheran pastor who pointed people to the hope of the resurrection that we have in Christ.  The boy’s parents and family also did the same thing, testifying to their faith even in the midst of …

Thoughts on Government – Part 1

As Christians, we are sometimes shy about getting involved in governmental affairs.  Certain denominations tend to be more involved, such as Baptists, while others (especially Lutherans) tend to shy away from government.  In America, in particular, we have all been taught in school about the “separation between church and state.”  This is often taken to mean that church and state …

Race and Ethnicity

I’ve been thinking recently about the subject of race and ethnicity.  What is race?  What is ethnicity? Within the Christian church in the United States, I often hear people talk about “ethnic ministry.”  When you break down that phrase, what is usually meant is “ministry to people who don’t look or sound like me.”  Then, in our society we hear …