Vegetable Garden

Tomatoes

We planted a vegetable garden in our back yard earlier this year.  This is the second year we’ve done this.  It isn’t a large garden, but we do have cucumbers, zucchinis, peas, beans, tomatoes, and pumpkins.  So far this season, the cucumbers and zucchinis have been yielding the most, although the other vegetables are starting to come in. We planted …

Thoughts on Creation

Forest and Mountains

Have you ever thought about the fact that the Bible begins and ends with creation?  It’s most obvious in Genesis 1, when God speaks forth His Word and creates everything, with His Spirit hovering over the surface of the waters, ordering the new creation according to the Father’s will.  Then, in Revelation 21 we see, through the vision given to …

History of the Divine Service

Paul's epistle

The Divine Service that the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod uses in worship has links all the way back to the early days of New Testament Christianity.  The Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox rites have similar connections.  Ultimately, liturgical churches worship in a manner that derives from the practices of the early New Testament Church. After Pentecost, the apostles and other …

Travels in China

Beijing

A couple years ago (Nov. 2011) I had the opportunity to go to China for about a week for work.  My itinerary was to spend a couple days in Shanghai, followed by a few days in Beijing, and then return home.  I flew out there by myself, but then met up with a couple other guys from work (two Brits …

Travels in Russia

In March 2012, I had the opportunity to go to Russia for a week for work.  In college, I had studied the Russian language for a couple of years and I have read a lot about Russian history and culture, so it was very exciting to finally get to go there! I was a little nervous before I went, because …

Things you didn't know about the early Church – Part 3: Christian witnesses

This is a continuation of some interesting things about the early Church that you may not know.  This post focuses on Christian witnesses to Jesus.   1.  In the 90’s AD, Clement, bishop of Rome, wrote a letter to the church in Corinth Clement mentions the letters that the apostle Paul had previous written to the church in Corinth, urging …