Everything listed under: Being Stewards

  • Being Stewards of the Light ... Jesus

    Being Stewards of the Light … Jesus Light … whether it be during the day or at night … we often take it for granted, which in turn means we rarely appreciate its power and significance for our lives.  I walk in the early morning.  The slightest ray of light gives me confidence that I will be able to spot any skunk in my path rather than both of us being surprised by the other! Light is also one of the by-products of electricity, and there is nothing like a trusty flashlight when one’s ...

  • Being Stewards of ... a Churchwide Resource

              During the months of October and November, Pastor Lynn Miller, Pastor Tim Knauss and I are leading the conference meetings I introduced in my article in the September edition of The Lutheran Letter.  These gatherings are one of the ways I am inviting you into a renewed engagement with God’s Word and the discipleship that results from that immersion into the Word.              N...

  • Being Stewards of One of God's Gifts ... Trust

              I am on the threshold of my 20th year of serving among the people of the Allegheny Synod.  Yet one of the more perplexing elements of this ministry has been the elusiveness of trust … between you and me.  Sadly, and more frequently than I desire, I find people who have called me to this office do not trust me.  Some persons say, it is not me they do not trust, it is the office.  Other persons contend that their distrust o...

  • Being Stewards of the Improbable, the Highly Unlikely ... God's Surprises

    Being Stewards of the Improbable, the Highly Unlikely … God’s Surprises               In reality it is not optional … it is who we are.  Disciples of Jesus are called to be stewards, managers, caretakers all day, every day, because Jesus is alive and at work in us and in our world.  Our Easter celebrations have once again profoundly reminded us that because Jesus lives, we live … hope-filled!      &nbs...

  • Being Stewards of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

    Being Stewards of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter               Several times in the Gospels Jesus refers to his disciples as “you of little faith”. Those words are found in the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke most frequently in healing accounts, on occasions when Jesus was encouraging his followers to put aside anxiety or worry, and during teaching moments.  Weak faith, however, is not just an early church malady.  Sometimes ...

  • Being Stewards of an Existing Tool for Ministry ... and New Ideas and Energy

    Being Stewards of an Existing Tool for Ministry … and New Ideas and Energy           Today is a new day.  This month marks the beginning of a new year.  Everyday baptism conveys God’s gift of new life in our lives.  As you read this article you sit in the afterglow of our annual celebration of the birth of the Savior of the world.  That long established holy day enlivens new energy in this world in the days following its observance...

  • Being Stewards of an Existing Tool for Ministry ... and New Ideas and Energy

         Today is a new day.  This month marks the beginning of a new year.  Everyday baptism conveys God’s gift of new life in our lives.  As you read this article you sit in the afterglow of our annual celebration of the birth of the Savior of the world.  That long established holy day enlivens new energy in this world in the days following its observance.  It is my prayer that the Holy Child of Bethlehem has once again touched your heart, your mind, an...

  • Being Stewards of Our Young Adults

                 Often when we think of campus ministry we picture an ordained minister serving as spiritual advisor and mentor among students and sometimes faculty and staff on a college or university campus.  But campus ministry occurs in a variety of ways both on college and university campuses and on the grounds of trade and technical schools.  Yes sometimes there is a called campus minister whose base of operation is the part...

  • Being Stewards of God's Mission (excerpts from Bishop's Synod Assembly Report)

    Being Stewards of God’s Mission (excerpts from my Synod Assembly Report)              Mission, mission, mission – I sometimes hear the rostered leaders and laity of our congregations observe that mission is the new buzz word in the church.  It very well may be, but it is also a word I hear congregational leaders using as they seek focus and direction as God’s people in Christ.  The Allegheny Synod’s mission has been and contin...

  • Being Stewards of Our Stories