I am baptized into Christ

When I climbed inside my Camry on Monday afternoon, I wasn’t in the greatest mood. I was cold, which is really nothing new, but I was also sick with a sore throat aching more by the minute.

True confessions: I was a mess and had no business heading to St. Louis to present at LCMS U’s Taboo, a conference with hundreds of college students.

I wanted to crawl into bed, cough a lot and wake up three days later.  Continue reading

thank you

crucifix1For spending more hours than normal each week writing extra sermons,

For braving the children’s pageant where little Elizabeth will inevitably set her dress on fire,

For sacrificing time with your family each Wednesday or Thursday night, Continue reading

The 2014 Lutheran Gift Guide

I operate off this really great theory that if I pick up Christmas gifts for people throughout the year, I won’t have a feeling of panic a week before Christmas when I still don’t have presents for half my family.

It’s good.

In theory.

Let’s face it: I’ll let you know when I stop breathing into a paper bag.

But in an effort to stave off any meltdowns in your household, here’s a little gift guide for the Lutheran who already has pretty much everything ever.  Continue reading