I believe that congregations are meant to be a vibrant and vital part of their local community. Even as God calls us to care for people in all parts of the world, we have also been placed in local communities where congregations become a source of life through worship and discipleship. Local communities also provide […]
I had the privilege of preaching at the 2009 Southeastern PA synod assembly. Worship was centered around Paul’s engaging the people of Athens in conversation by leaving the temple and meeting people in the marketplace. I shared a recent experience I witnessed as a conversation about Jesus sprang to life over social networking on Facebook. Watch […]
This weekend at our annual synod assembly, the Lutheran bishop of SE Pennsylvania recognized the “Law & Gospel” YouTube video (see earlier post). She called it an example of proclaiming God’s word in the language of the 21st century. I thought it would be appropriate to go ahead and put the event on YouTube, too. […]
Shortly after graduating from seminary in 2004, I accepted a call to serve as pastor of Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown, PA. I am very excited about being a part of a small but vibrant and compassionate congregation. As the only pastor, I am connected to all parts of the ministry of the congregation. At the […]
During my final year of seminary, I also served as a chaplain at Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Philadelphia, PA. My primary role was to serve residents in the skilled nursing facility. I led two weekly worship services (including one in the Alzheimer’s/dementia unit) and spent most of my time visiting with residents.