Author Archives: Brent Juliot

Closest Thing to Jesus?

Last year in June, a group of former NFL stars traveled to Rome for a meeting with the Pope. Former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin summed up the experience: “This was a wonderful day. Just to have an opportunity to shake his hand and to feel his presence in person was a blessing.

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The Shrinking Pie

Statistics tell us 80% of North American churches have either stopped growing (plateaued) or are actually shrinking. We’re talking all churches, including those with a high view of Scripture. Just the other day I heard a pastor of a very conservative Lutheran church say that they used to have 1200 people, but now they have

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Consider It Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.   —James 1:2-4 My Regional Pastor called recently to see how things were

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He Comes to Us

There’s a couple who live in the environs of Bergen, Norway. Anders and Anne Elisabeth. Last fall, they came to see Ruth and me at our home in Menomonie, Wisconsin. A couple of years previous, they had come to our house in Fergus Falls, Minnesota for an evening with Hillcrest Lutheran Academy faculty. Elisabeth is

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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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