Stewardship

Say stewardship in the church and many people automatically think money. Stewardship is about money – but it is significantly more than just about money. The association of money primarily with stewardship has done a great disservice to this rich biblical concept. This association is perhaps one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the church…

The Reformation—History, Our Story

Every year as October comes around it seems almost natural for Lutherans to let their minds turn to thoughts of the Reformation. Though the Reformation did not begin and end with Martin Luther, nor was he the only reformer, his is the figure that stands out when one thinks of the Reformation. This is especially…

Summer Ramblings

It is Friday and according to the weather experts, the warmest day of the summer so far. I am sitting under our gazebo. The sun is shining in all its glory. The weather is warm. I am enjoying a cool breeze. The breeze sets the trees in perpetual motion. The leaves create a pleasant rustling…

Church And Relevance

Our post modern world increasingly questions the relevance of the church to human life. In fact, in many quarters questioning its relevance has given way to outright denial of any place for the church in the world. Many opine that the church has long outlived its usefulness; if it ever had any in the first…

Holy Spirit And Church

In the three ecumenical creeds of the church Christians confess their belief in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church and the communion of saints. As the Day of Pentecost draws closer on the 8th of June it would be worthwhile for us to let our minds dwell on this article of the creeds and…

Thinking the Future

Many congregations in the ELCIC, and this is true for the mainline churches, face an uncertain future. In fact the only future many congregations face is that they have no future. They will die. These congregations were once vibrant centres of mission and ministries. Now for various reasons they will cease to exist. There are…

The Fountain of Youth

It was a youth fellowship meeting evening. I sat at the computer as they trickled in, first one, then another and then…. I made small talk with them about the freezing weather and school. Other youths arrived and the buzz of conversation increased. The excited conversations continued with words and exclamations that are understandable only…

Shining in the Darkness

Falling trees, broken branches and blown transformers conspired to deprive us of electricity at the church from Sunday, 22nd to Thursday, 26th December. Those were cold, long days and dark nights. Service was cancelled for Sunday, 22nd December. That was the day our Sunday Church School planned to put on their pageant. So the pageant…

It’s A New Year – So What?

It is a new year, and it is a big deal, that is what. Many people do not place much significance to the dawning of a new year. As far as they are concerned it is just the inevitable result of the inexorable ticking hand of the clock. Therefore, the day that ushers in a…

A Christmas Message

A Christmas Message Dear Friends, It is with great joy, inspired by the spirit and meaning of Christmas, that Alice and I extend to you and your family greetings for a blessed , peaceful and joyous Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is undoubtedly one of joy, goodwill, peace, hope and generosity. It is palpably evident…