Thank You Teachers and Volunteers
on May 13th, 2022
Paul didn’t condemn their ways, he simply and profoundly found a way to connect Jesus to their world. Paul was a gifted teacher and witness for Christ. This weekend is the final weekend for church school classes for this school year. As we come to the close of this school and program year, I want to say a big word of thanks to all ...
What Must I Do to be Saved?
on May 6th, 2022
Hello Gloria Dei,“What must I do to be saved?” Never in the history of humankind has there been a more important question. In our brief preaching series entitled “Easter People”, we are spending a bit of time in the book of Acts. The question about salvation is asked by a jailor who is given the job of keeping the apostles, Paul and Silas, in prison.I encourage you to read about all of this in Act...
Community Events - You Are Invited
on April 29th, 2022
This week I simply want to highlight two of the many events that are happening in and through Gloria Dei.
Executive Pastor/COO Search
on April 22nd, 2022
... to let you know that at our recent Church Council meeting, we made the decision to move forward in filling the Executive Pastor / COO position that was vacated by Pastor Stensgaard upon his retirement this past December. Our Council President, Sara Dannen, and I will be sending an email letter to all members of the congregation within the next two weeks. In our letter we will provide more details regarding the search/call process.
Our True and Certain Hope
on April 15th, 2022
This question sets the stage for all of us. What are you looking for? We all want a meaningful, purpose-filled life. We all are hoping for real life and truth.
on April 8th, 2022
Some 2000 years ago, as Jesus walked the road, people were lining the streets, waving their palm branches and hailing him as their king. “Hosanna to the Son of David”, they shouted in celebration. Hosanna is a word used to express praise and joy. It also can mean “God Save Us.”
Entire Gloria Dei Staff Resigns
on April 1st, 2022
I am deeply saddened to tell you that the entire Gloria Dei staff, lay and clergy, have resigned their positions, effective immediately.
Vine and Branches
on March 25th, 2022
... always, it is good to reflect on our own lives to see what might need to be pruned away in order that our lives can become even more healthy and fruit-bearing.
Jesus and March Madness
on March 18th, 2022
The disciples don’t understand. They think this is all “Madness”. Jesus says to them: “You know the way where I am going.” Thomas is confused. He asks Jesus an honest question: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?
Jesus’ Foot-Washing Brigade
on March 11th, 2022
"...and then God sends us out of the sanctuary and out of the parking lot into the world. And out in the world our role is to be servants ..."
Looking to Scripture for Comfort and Assurance
on March 4th, 2022
When the world news becomes overwhelming, as we are seeing this week as Russia invades Ukraine, and when our own lives get complicated for any reason, it is good to search the words of Scripture for comfort, strength, and assurance.
Mulling over the Miracles
on February 25th, 2022
So often in my life I find myself just sort of cruising along and not paying attention. It isn’t until something dramatic happens (good or bad) that I can see God at work. To be honest, the day to day stuff seems more like mundane monotony that it does miraculous. The miraculous is rarely measurable and mostly miniscule. That is until I look back.
Mountain Top Experience
on February 18th, 2022
Being in the Holy Land helped to rearrange the furniture in my brain and better picture the stories in the bible better. It has helped me to understand some of the little details and to read the bible a little more closely.
Super Bowl and the Bread of Life
on February 11th, 2022
But I will admit that the top ten list doesn’t appear to be terribly healthy. But hey, it’s the Super Bowl, right? Let me tell you what is healthy, ...
Believing Without Seeing
on February 4th, 2022
Hello Gloria Dei,For this week in worship, please read John 4:46-54. It is a fascinating account of a man who is desperate for Jesus’ help. The man, a royal government official, has a young son who is sick, even to the point of near death. This man has probably never met Jesus before, but he has undoubtedly heard about him. As I said, he is desperate, so he’ll do anything to try and save his son.T...
Giving Witness to Jesus
on January 28th, 2022
... the effect that this water (a relationship with Jesus) has on the Woman at the Well. When she encounters Jesus, she is changed. And she ultimately runs back to her town and tells all the people about Jesus and the life he provides. She becomes not just a disciple (learner), but an apostle (one who is sent).
Holy Encounters with Jesus
on January 21st, 2022
we are let in on a beautiful and intriguing conversation between Jesus and a Pharisee named Nicodemus (See John 3:1-21). Nicodemus had heard about Jesus. He apparently had even heard Jesus teach and preach. And Nicodemus was curious. He was looking for something missing in his life, and he wondered if Jesus could possibly ...
Meet Hate with Love
on January 14th, 2022
Was he right? I wondered. Could simply acting in love in the face of hostility really make a difference?