Post by Pastor Stephen In the Friedrich house we love grapes. We don’t know anything about growing grapes, but we sure do love to eat them! As I write and enjoy some grapes, know that I’m partial to these bible stories about vineyards and grapes. That said, this story doesn’t help the digestion of my… Continue reading We Love Grapes
Post by Pastor Dave Matthew 21: 23-32 Two sons – one vineyard. The owner of the vineyard asked both sons to go and work in the vineyard. Till the soil. Bear fruit. Plant trees. Do the work that any vineyard needs doing. One son said “No thanks” but ended up going. The other son… Continue reading Bearing Fruit for the Kingdom
The Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew’s Gospel is how he talks about the place and time where God is in charge. Often that place where God is in charge is imagined as a vineyard throughout scripture. Jesus builds on that in this parable imagining the Kingdom as a vineyard, God as the landowner, and the… Continue reading My Place in the Kingdom
Post by Pastor Dave Matthew 18:21-35 “Jesus, how often must I forgive my brother?” Inquiring minds want to know. Peter wants to know. And so do we. When it comes to forgiveness, how much is enough? 7 times? 70 times 7? “Nope”, Jesus says. 10,000 talents worth. It took 15 years to pay… Continue reading The Thing About Forgiveness
Post by Pastor Stephen I don’t like conflict. I want everyone to be happy. However, that’s not the world we live in. Conflict happens among good well-meaning people. Conflict happens among mean and grumpy people, too. Conflict is normal, and I’m growing in my understanding of that. The question is not “how do we avoid… Continue reading Ignore It and It’ll Go Away… Right?
Post by Pastor Dave Chapter 16 of Matthew is a heavy chapter. Peter has just proclaimed Jesus as “THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD” (16: 17) and has been named as the rock upon which Jesus will build His church. Pretty soon that rock will crumble!! And now Jesus announces that He has to go… Continue reading Take up Your Cross
Post by Pastor Stephen Did you know that ELCA pastors serve around the world as military chaplains? We have 136 chaplains serving (47 Active, and 89 in Reserves and National Guard). These chaplains preach the gospel, lead worship, administer the sacraments, and so much more immersed among the world of military members. As members of… Continue reading Chaplains: Part of the Team