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  • Faith Lessons I’ve Learned from Running

    Faith Lessons I’ve Learned from Running

    I’ve been running for the past five years or so, and while I wouldn’t consider myself a professional by any means, I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two over the past few...

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  • How to Teach Kids Hard Bible Words

    How to Teach Kids Hard Bible Words

    When we read with children, we know how to correct their mistakes, but sometimes we don’t know how to help them pronounce, understand, and retain new words. Here are some tips for...

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  • Preaching on Texts That Are Light with Gospel

    Preaching on Texts That Are Light with Gospel

    One of the challenges that pastors face as they prepare sermons is what to do with texts that are heavy on Law and light on Gospel. As I look at the four assigned lectionary texts for...

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  • The Tedious Work of Musicians and Christians

    The Tedious Work of Musicians and Christians

    I periodically see a meme floating around the internet jokingly mimicking those who praise musicians with phrases like “Wow, how did you get such great talent?” and “How do you play so...

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  • Qualities of a “Good” Christian

    Qualities of a “Good” Christian

    “Let’s go, push yourself!” the exercise instructor yelled. “We didn’t come here to be mediocre!” I laughed, or possibly just grimaced, and clumsily attempted the physical feat she...

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  • Communication: August Everyday Faith Calendar

    Communication: August Everyday Faith Calendar

    Do you usually write or speak when you communicate with another person? With rapid advances in technology and widespread use of social media, you probably switch back and forth between...

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  • How Habits Form Us and Why It Matters

    How Habits Form Us and Why It Matters

    Think back to how you began your day yesterday. Take time, think it through. What did you do? What was the order? I’m guessing you either woke up to an alarm or just woke up at the...

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  • The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

    The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

    This blog post is adapted from Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design.  The order of creation and the unique relationship between head and helper in marriage intersects...

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  • The Psalms in Christian Worship

    The Psalms in Christian Worship

    This blog post is excerpted from Engaging the Psalms: A Guide for Reflection and Prayer.  The Psalter was ancient Israel’s hymnal, and it was the hymnal for Jesus and His...

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  • Finding Your Strengths in the Lord

    Finding Your Strengths in the Lord

    God has blessed us all with different talents, and sometimes, it might feel like other people’s abilities are better or more useful than your own. I know I have felt like this at times,...

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  • The Power of Recreation

    The Power of Recreation

    In St. Louis, a popular fundraising activity is a trivia night, in which a small group of people competes with similar groups in answering an array of questions from various categories....

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 9

    Relief had finally come. God created Adam and Eve perfectly. But their wicked transgressions brought sin into the world, taking the Lord’s unblemished creation into destruction. Adam...

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  • Sheep and Shepherds in Psalm 23

    Sheep and Shepherds in Psalm 23

    This blog post is adapted from Engaging the Psalms: A Guide for Reflection and Prayer.  Unquestionably, of the 150 psalms, Psalm 23 is the most familiar. It has been used on...

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  • Lessons from the First Year of Marriage

    Lessons from the First Year of Marriage

    I’m coming up on one year of marriage and let me tell you—it has been great, but it’s also been hard. We got married during a global pandemic and spent almost our entire first year of...

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  • Tuning In to the Voice of God

    Tuning In to the Voice of God

    We are living in a postmodern age with a vastly different view of the world. For the postmodernist, truth and knowledge are not obtainable. That flies in the face of our Christian...

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  • Worshiping Idols in the Book of Judges

    Worshiping Idols in the Book of Judges

    This blog post is an excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament.  By breaking the seemingly innocuous command to “make no covenant with the...

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  • Music of the Month: The Good Shepherd by Jonathan D. Campbell

    Music of the Month: The Good Shepherd by Jonathan D. Campbell

    Jonathan D. Campbell has arranged a medley, or three hymn tunes, associated with Christ the Good Shepherd, including BROTHER JAMES’ AIR, BRADBURY, and RESIGNATION. Arranged with...

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  • Covered Head to Toe

    Covered Head to Toe

    I have worked my fair share of odd summer jobs, including working in carnival food carts: from shoveling out your favorite snow cone or grabbing the monster bag of cotton candy to...

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  • Leading with Intentional Engagement

    Leading with Intentional Engagement

    Reaching out to others about Jesus Christ requires learning about them, their perspective, and the place that they are coming from. Most important, it requires intention. Read an...

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  • Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Joshua 2

    Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Joshua 2

    A book I read recently suggests that, given the increased use of electronic media (television, cell phones, social media, iPad, the internet) our collective attention span has shrunk....

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