The Beauty of God’s Creation

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers” (Psalm 24:1-2) Early Saturday morning, a few of us hit the trails at Sidecut Metropark in Maumee, Ohio, for a...

A Psalm of Rest

I like the Book of Psalms, and early on in my ministry, I worked to commit a number of psalms to memory. Psalm 131 has long served as a psalm of peace and rest for me. When things become hectic and anxious, I find repeating this psalm calms and quiets my soul. What...

Core Values

“When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:13). I have been thinking these past few weeks about the potential and purpose of core values. In 2019, I attended a conference at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio....

The Emanuel Nine, Martyrs

“Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise” (Isaiah 60:18). Resources for the Commemoration of the Emanuel NineEmanuel Nine, martyrs, 2015 On June 17, 2015,...

A Place of Rest

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he [Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31). So, where is your place of rest? I know for some it is the beach. For...