Author Archives: Brent Juliot

Big Talker

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). There once was a man who was being considered to head up a certain organization. When he came to interview with the board, the man made great promises

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BC16 Recap & Reflection

Delegates representing U.S. and Canadian Lutheran Brethren churches came together as a body of believers at the 2016 CLB Biennial Convention on July 16 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Those same delegates departed on July 19 as the Church united and reconstituted in mission. To understand the process of this convention, it is helpful to see

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Faith and Hope

A couple of months ago, I bragged to my congregation that we northerners, especially we upper Midwesterners, “get” summer so much better than our friends to the south. It’s all in the contrast. We have such long miserable winters that we cannot help but appreciate, even treasure, our brief summers—far more than those who basically,

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ReThink

I used to think that we needed to pause for a long time after “the wages of sin…” When I served as pastor of a Lutheran Brethren church for 15 years, I found several good friends in the local Evangelical Pastors’ Fellowship. Our group would hold joint worship services twice per year, at Thanksgiving and

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Is It Soup Yet?

This analogy probably wasn’t George Barna’s in the first place, but he brought it to my attention with the title of his book The Frog in the Kettle. The idea is that if you drop a frog into a shallow kettle of boiling water, the frog won’t die. It will react to the heat and

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Joy Alone

Call it a strange new hobby. I can’t stop viewing them, at least one a day, sometimes two. You see, I came across a website dedicated to sharing the testimonies of new believers. Specifically, they are people who have come out of a major American pseudo-Christian religion to find—in the true Church—a real personal relationship

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No Regrets!

The old man was speaking Nynorsk. As a relative translated for us, this Norwegian Christian man described something that had happened decades ago in his small village. He told of a former prest (pastor) of the local congregation, a man for whom he had great respect. This prest felt a growing concern about the issue

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Why Suffer?

Life can be difficult, and it often is. Some of the stories inside this Faith & Fellowship present real-life trials that some of God’s people have experienced. Reading about them, we cannot help but wrestle with the question: What is the point of suffering? There’s no 400-word answer to that. In fact, no complete answer

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An Undeserved Gift

Immediately after preaching at a community worship service sponsored by our local Evangelical Pastors Fellowship, I was approached by a friend who was a veteran pastor in another denomination. “I enjoyed the message, but you really had me worried for a while there,” he said. “I couldn’t see where you were going with it, but

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Scot-Free

I was Joe Cool. With a newly minted provisional driver’s license in my pocket, I drove my dad’s 1974 Chevy El Camino around town—the envy, I assumed, of all my friends. One fateful summer evening, Joe Cool cruised up the driveway through the open garage door, and mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake

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