Essential Christianity and the COVID-19 Pandemic

If any group of people is going to be angry at God for the COVID-19 pandemic it should be Christians. Here is very earliest description of life in a Christian community. It comes from the second chapter of Acts: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread…

Runaway Slaves, Runaway Church Members

One of the shortest books of the Bible is a book called Philemon. This brief, one-chapter book is a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to his friend Philemon about a slave that had run away from Philemon, his master. While on the run, Onesimus had met Paul who was in prison. Onesimus had not just…

What to Expect When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

This Sunday, June Ninth, Christians will celebrate the Day of Pentecost, the last major festival of their church calendar. This festival commemorates yet another promise kept by Jesus, the promise to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Since Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter with such gusto, the Day of Pentecost is sometimes overlooked. Yet…

Artistic Talent, Close to Home

These are the works of art that caught my eye at the 67th annual Steele County Art Exhibition at the Owatonna Arts Center. Bonnie Broitzman’s “Painting As Prayer” evokes Georgia O’Keefe’s beautiful flower paintings.     A couple of painted saw blades from Linda Christofferson; “Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal on the left and “Mail is…

The Future of the Church

The following is an excerpt from an article by Rev. Dr. Robert Newton, president of the California/Nevada/Hawaii District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The title of the article is “Facing Challenges of the Post-Christian World” and it appeared in the November-December, 2013 issue of The Lutheran Layman. The world’s antagonism toward God’s Word…