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  • Teaching the Faith to Children With Down Syndrome

    Teaching the Faith to Children With Down Syndrome

    Starting in 2006 and marking its fifteenth anniversary this year, World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, is the day we celebrate the unique and precious blessing of individuals in our lives...

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  • Coming Out of the COVID Cocoon |  How Churches Can Move Forward after the Pandemic59:17

    Coming Out of the COVID Cocoon | How Churches Can Move Forward after the Pandemic

    What will church ministry look like as we come out of the COVID cocoon? Pastors Brian Davies and Ted Doering join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities awaiting church workers and church lead

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  • How to Love and Welcome the Stranger

    How to Love and Welcome the Stranger

    That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While...

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  • Why Lutherans Should Celebrate Black History Month

    Why Lutherans Should Celebrate Black History Month

    I had a great conversation with a brother in Christ about Black History Month. He asked me two sincerely heartfelt questions: Why and how should a Lutheran church celebrate Black...

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  • Black History and HIS Story

    Black History and HIS Story

    “You can’t be like everybody else. You’ll have to work twice as hard for half as much.”

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  • Celebrating Black History Month in a Christian Classroom

    Celebrating Black History Month in a Christian Classroom

    A year of changes brings a year of adaptations. How blessed we are to serve our God, who is unchanged in His love, care, and provision for us. He even provides ways for us to spread His...

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  • Celebrating Differences: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

    Celebrating Differences: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

    How do we rank the quality of life for a person with a disability? October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month—a good time to consider this question. And to be honest, I’m already familiar...

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  • Politics in the Pulpit?

    Politics in the Pulpit?

    One of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor in the United States in the twenty-first century is the deep division of the nation along political lines. Based on research from a...

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  • Developing a Circle of Trust

    Developing a Circle of Trust

    In previous posts, I have approached the concept of race relations from a theoretical point of view. However, in this post, I want to give you some practical ideas to help make the task...

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  • Faith and Politics | Lutheran Life Magazine

    Faith and Politics | Lutheran Life Magazine

    Balancing faith, politics and society can be a challenging task. This summer, Lutheran Life takes a deeper look at politics and faith, and how God calls His people to listen and speak to others.

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  • A Sea of Broken Dreams

    A Sea of Broken Dreams

    “I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.” Isaiah 65:19 As I look at the landscape in our...

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  • Anxiety and the Pandemic: Help Students Cope as They Return to Classrooms

    Anxiety and the Pandemic: Help Students Cope as They Return to Classrooms

    “Mommy, I can’t sleep. Can I come and snuggle in your bed?” Anyone experiencing this question these days? Are your children experiencing bad dreams? eating disorders? emotional...

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  • Anxiety and the Pandemic

    Anxiety and the Pandemic

    The level of anxiety facing children, parents, schoolteachers and administrators, congregational shepherds and lay leaders, and our public policy makers is enormous—pandemic anxiety for...

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  • Social Media: Walk as Children of Light

    Social Media: Walk as Children of Light

    The internet has always had its dark side: email money transfer and gift card scams, identity theft, catfishing, fake job offers, stalkers, social media bullying, and more. During this...

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  • Blame vs. Confession

    Blame vs. Confession

    So far, 2020 has seen a lot of high-profile news stories. If you are anything like me, you may have forgotten some of the stories that dominated the news cycle in the first two months...

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  • The Real Enemy Feeding Racism in America

    The Real Enemy Feeding Racism in America

    Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Indian warriors on horses, dressed for battle. The Lone Ranger turned to...

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  • Conflicting Ideas between Church and Government

    Conflicting Ideas between Church and Government

    This year has introduced a lot of challenges and changes in government due to the current pandemic. It is also an election year, and people are focusing their attention on registering...

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  • Kneeling for Justice

    Kneeling for Justice

    In my office, I have a kneeler that I got off of Craigslist from a Lutheran church that had closed many years ago. It was the first piece of furniture I dropped down into my empty,...

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  • Think Before You Post to Social Media

    Think Before You Post to Social Media

    Search “social media vitriol” and Google gives a return of about 2,240,000 results. You’ve probably muted at least one person or conversation on Facebook or Twitter, maybe even going so...

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  • How to Build Virtual Community

    How to Build Virtual Community

    As some states are beginning to open back up, many states are still either under stay-at-home orders, require reduced capacity for public gatherings, or mandate social distancing...

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