Have No Fear, Little Flock

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)Several weeks ago, the Gospel for the day began with Luke 12:32. As soon as I heard the first words, “Fear not, little flock” I was transported back to a day in the mid-1980’s when I found myself in the pulpit at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There I was, about to preach the sermon for the graduating class of Luther Seminary. All of those…

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Love

Today is St. Valentine’s Day, a favorite day among retailers. The price of flowers, particularly roses, rises to amazing heights. Jewelers hope to upsell bewildered patrons on larger and sparklier diamonds. After two years of financial difficulty, restaurants are undoubtedly hoping for a busy evening. In grocery stores and pharmacies, the busiest aisle is the greeting card aisle as last-minute purchases are made.This day dedicated to love is strangely named after St. Valentine, although it is somewhat unclear as to which of the…

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