Celebrating the Life and Ministry of a Fellow Pastor

“Ordination into the Lutheran Word and Sacrament ministry occurred May 29, 1960 at his home congregation, St. Luke Lutheran, Wishek, ND.” These words come from the obituary of Pastor Russell Rudolf, longtime pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna, who died in Mankato on March 25. Although I did not know Pastor Rudolf well, I…

Easter 2021

Mark 16:1–8 [1] When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. [2] And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. [3] And they were saying to one…

Learning Things the Hard Way

John 12:16 “The disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.” How many times did this happen to the disciples? Jesus does or says something and then we are told that the disciples…

We Are Able

In a normal year, this is the time of year we hear about various reenactments of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. Churches and other organizations will reenact the events of Holy Week to help make them real for people. When I hear about these reenactments I am always interested to see how they show show…

The Gospel of John Bible Study, Part Seventeen

Jesus speaks repeatedly about the heavenly Father in the Fourteenth Chapter of John. But as we see in this study of this chapter of the Gospel of John, even though Jesus speaks so much about the Father, the chapter is also about Jesus as he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life,…

Memorization

John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9 are two of the most commonly memorized passages of the Bible. They are short and to the point and summarize in a few words the entire Christian faith: John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish…

The Ten Commandments – 2021

The world keeps churning out more and more laws. I was at a meeting recently where we were told that there are over 1,300 laws being proposed by the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2021 legislative session. That is just the House. Then you have the Senate. Then you have the other 49 states…