My family and I had the opportunity to worship last weekend with friends at their Catholic parish. As a life-long member of an ELCA Lutheran church, I know we have our own long-held traditions. Our Lutheran worship services are liturgical by design; there is an order to it which might seem foreign to someone new. But wow… that is really felt during the Catholic service! Stand up, sit down, kneel, speak some words, utter a cued response. It makes one feel a bit out of place! Continue reading
As I mentioned last week in Part 1 of my two part series… I am taking an 8-week online class about the writings which provide the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice. As this posts, I have two weeks to go – a bittersweet thought. How can you be eager for the homework to be done for a class you intentionally chose to take because you like doing the homework?? Continue reading
I am 5 weeks into an 8-week online class on the Lutheran Confessions, a study of “the collection of Reformation-era writings that provides the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice.” This may sound tedious, but it has actually been an enriching opportunity, with real life application!
In the middle of an online class, the thought of writing more words about faith – words I actually have to let other people read – is exhausting! I’ve written all these things for class – weekly posts, papers, peer responses – all carefully constructed! Why can’t I use one of those? Yet every time I try to go the easy route and “steal” a writing from class for my blog, my husband will inevitably tell me… “It’s good. But it doesn’t really tell any stories about faith in our family.” Continue reading
My husband and I are facilitating a Wednesday night group at our church during Lent. The focus: Prayer! We were given free reign – no guidebook, no agenda to follow. This is fun and freeing – but also carries a lot of weight! Thankfully, my husband is a teacher. He knows how to go with the flow and adapt the plan when the conversation takes an unexpected turn! Continue reading
I often tell my kids: Trust me! They should feel safe telling me or their dad about their thoughts, feelings and fears; always able to approach conversations with honesty. Questions are welcome. Truth is required! We must experience this trusting parent/child relationship now – practice for the future when more challenging life experience will inevitably occur! Continue reading