“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” [Acts 10:47] Several years ago, church historian Justo González wrote a commentary on the book of Acts entitled Acts, the Gospel of the Spirit. It was written from an obvious Latino perspective, emphasizing the social, spiritual,Continue reading “REFRAMING OUR THINKING”


Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God [1 John 4:7] Alleluia! Christ is risen! It has been a while since I’ve posted anything new on this blog. Even my most recent post was a duplication of something I’d written a few years ago. I confess it has been a struggle toContinue reading “BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER”

Now You Are Dismissing Your Servant in Peace

Sermon Preached at the Final Worship of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Youngstown, Ohio December 28, 2014 Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all people.” [Luke 29-30Continue reading “Now You Are Dismissing Your Servant in Peace”