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This month we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of Western Christianity during the period of transition from the Late Medieval timeframe into the Renaissance timeframe.  For Lutherans and Catholics, this commemoration is one marked by sorrow for past sins against one another and by deep gratitude for the spiritual gifts we now offer to one another through Christ our Lord and Savior.

As we are 21st Century reformational Christians, I offer you the following two areas of reformational do’s and don’ts: (more…)

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We walked into Jerusalem’s Old City at the Jaffa Gate through its ancient high fortified walls. We walked to Greek Catholic Patriarchate Street and turned left onto this street. When we came to St. George Alley, we turned right onto this alley and soon came to a shop in an ancient building along the alleyway that has a sign above it which says the following: “Razzouk Tattoo: Tattoo With Heritage – Since 1300.” (more…)

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I love the changing of the seasons of nature, and I love living in a part of the country where all four seasons are fully manifested.  In other words, our Fall is very Fall-ish, our Winter is very Winter-ish, our Spring is very Spring-ish, and our Summer is very Summer-ish. (more…)

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As we approach the holiest time of year for Christianity, I am thinking more about the absolute necessity of prayer for our Christian life.  Basically, Christians believe that the human soul is literally made by God for connection and relationship with God.  In addition, because so much of this world is set against the grace, truth and purposes of God, prayer is even more essential to strengthen and keep us in the faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  So to that end, we hear the Apostle Paul sharing God’s Word about prayer in the biblical Letter to the Ephesians, writing as follows: (more…)

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RockwellAs I write this newsletter article, our nation has just seen a spike in anti-Semitic activity with a wave of bomb threats at Jewish community centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries throughout the country, including right here in Milwaukee.  And this comes after many years of growing anti-Semitism on college campuses throughout the USA as well, both among faculty and students alike. (more…)

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jesusbaptism-7614581We have five Sundays in January for this Year of our Lord 2017, and after Epiphany (always January 6th) we observe the annual commemoration called Baptism of Our Lord Sunday that falls this year on Sunday January 8th.  Although Jesus did not need baptism, because he was and is without sin, he nevertheless received baptism in order to properly fulfill all possible requirements of righteousness and religious faith.  And as I contemplate the baptism of Jesus, I am led by the Spirit to contemplate the sacredness of water and our own baptismal covenant in, with and through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. (more…)

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life_mediumOur Tanzanian brothers and sisters use a special Swahili word to describe their understanding of community. The word is “ujamaa” and it is most accurately translated as “family-hood.”  It is a unifying term that the Tanzanian government has urged all Tanzanians to embrace in order to transcend their various tribal identities in favor of a unified national identity.  And the concept of ujamaa is often represented by carvings of interlocking people mutually uplifting, encouraging and caring for one another. (more…)

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