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He Leadeth Me

In the fall of 2008, Caleb Larson and I attended Oak Hill Lutheran Brethren Church in Bloomington, Minnesota for the first time as husband and wife. There we discovered a renewed desire to serve in our church, not just as individuals, but now as a unified couple. Our pastor, Rev. Nick Mundis, encouraged us and

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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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Not That!

A few years back, I was called to the local hospital to visit a parishioner before surgery. As I entered the building, I stopped at the front desk to pick up my identification badge and check in with hospital staff. They informed me of the room number I was looking for and I quickly made

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A Controversial Doctrine

This is the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation. One of Martin Luther’s most controversial Reformation teachings was a doctrine he called the “theology of the cross”—hardly a controversial sounding name. What could be more everyday Christian than a doctrine about the cross of Christ? Why was it so controversial? It said that some of

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