Graduation Day According to Ecclesiastes
May 18th, 2021
Graduation day is a day for celebration. It can also, though, be a time for personal reflection: both for the students who are graduating as well as for those of us who are looking back on our own gr...
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest
April 27th, 2021
Our hymn of the month for May is one of the most significant hymns in the history of the Christian Church. ...
He's Risen, He's Risen
April 4th, 2021
This Pastor's Pen article continues Pastor Cowell's "Hymn of the Month" series in which he shares a brief commentary on the theology and history behind some of the hymns we enjoy singing from the Luth...
Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle
March 3rd, 2021
I (Pastor Cowell) love the hymns of our hymnal. I love talking about them, teaching and learning from them, and singing them (not a little out of tune) to the praise and glory of God. It is to this ...
What Is Shrove Tuesday
February 15th, 2021
Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday), is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Most people think of Fat Tuesday as a day of wild debauchery before the drudgery of Lent begins. H...
Christ Has Died, Christ Is Risen, Christ Will Come Again!
May 25th, 2020
Our confidence comes from knowing Jesus – the way – the truth – and the life. There is an Easter acclimation that the church has used to help us remember this hope and comfort that we have. It goes l...
Rejoicing in the Good, Hoping for the Better: A Reflection on the Gospel in this Time of Quarantine
March 23rd, 2020
The law (of God) operates in the categories of good and bad. The law tells us what to do and what not to do, what is holy and what is not holy, what is the stuff of life and what is the stuff of deat...
God Doesn't Give Up
February 3rd, 2020
January is a month of newness. A new year begins and with it comes all sorts of New Years resolutions. Maybe you made some this year or maybe you’ve made them in the past. As long as you’ve made at l...