A Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Memphis TN
  • Lent and the Return to the Sacred Self
    Lent and the Return to the Sacred Self
    Here it is. Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Return of the Prodigal Son, which hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He had lost nearly everything he had by the time he painted it. Nearly broke, he would die two years after its completion. I think about Rembrandt’s magnum opus near the beginning of every Lenten season. Its themes leap off...
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  • If Not Me, Then Who?
    If Not Me, Then Who?
    I just read the story of a young man who, upon joining the military, served as a Marine in Afghanistan. Being there in a war zone was such a shock. It was entirely different from anything he his buddies had experienced in his days in high school. He had never seen anyone dead, much less seen anyone be killed. There he...
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  • Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him...
    Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him…
    Peter knew the dangerous situation Jesus was in. The leaders of the church hated Jesus and were plotting to have him killed. This was no secret. It was common knowledge among his followers. Peter knew how powerful the clerics were and what it meant to defy them. He was no fool. Nor was he...
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