Posts from June 2015

GIFTED: Rescue Into the Uncomfortable

Have you ever been caught out in a storm? It’s rather uncomfortable, isn’t it? It’s dark, the rain is coming down so hard that you can’t see a thing, the water is pooling up around your ankles, you’re cold and wet and starting to feel the sniffles coming on before you even get inside. Now, […]

Giving Ourselves as Gifts: Rescuing Others

Every Sunday, we start out our service with Confession and Forgiveness. It usually goes something like this. We recognize that we have sinned against God and against each other. We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. Then, a miracle happens. The pastor proclaims forgiveness to us. This past Sunday, […]

The Gift of God: Rescue

I’m sure you have all heard this song. I was not nearly as familiar with it until one of my students this year insisted on playing it every time I rode in his car. The chorus goes like this: “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert […]

GIFTED: Because Jesus Grew

When we try to grow and prosper by ourselves, we fail. That’s the simple truth. We are not wired to grow on our own; we need outside forces. And when we think about it, without an outside force driving us, why would we grow? We would have no reason to grow. We would be content […]

Living the Lectionary – (Un)Compassionate

Living the Lectionary is a weekly devotional tool intended to give you ideas for living out the Word of God that we encounter on Sundays in worship.  About this coming Sunday: 5th Sunday After Pentecost – (un)compassionate – God is compassionate in His nature. That word “compassionate” breaks down to mean “suffering together”.  God literally came to our […]

The Gift of God: Growth

At University Lutheran, we have what’s called an eternal flame. This is a candle, encased in red, that hangs next to our big stained glass windows. The candle is never out. Every Sunday, the candle is burning. If you came in any other day during the week, it would be burning then, too. But what […]

GIFTED: The Spirit… In Us

It’s the quiet ones whom we tend to forget. For example, my grandparents live in Colorado. When we go to visit, it’s my grandma who comes to greet us and their dog whose barks fill up the room. My grandpa, the quiet one, is the last person we greet. In a sense, it’s like we’ve […]