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Transitions Deuteronomy 34:7-8    “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days. Then the days for weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.” Intentional Interim Ministry [...]


Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests One of the most important aspects of churches growing is what happens on a Sunday morning. A lot of first impressions are the small things: a friendly greeting when people get out of their car; help finding doors; ushers who are cheerful [...]


A FORESHADOWING OF THINGS TO COME This first Sunday of March 2019 will be “Transfiguration Sunday.” It is the last Sunday before we begin the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. All kinds of things “change” with the season of Lent: we no longer sing “Alleluias” and the Graduals [...]

“If You Have Your Bibles with You”

“If You Have Your Bibles with You” “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”  Proverbs 20:5 I received a notice from the IRS one year that my taxes had been reviewed and I had made a mistake. The result was [...]

Pastor Hollar’s Retirement Celebration

After 26 and a half years of serving Resurrection Lutheran Church and School, and over 40 years in the pastoral ministry, Hank and Rita Hollar were celebrated, toasted and honored by their church, family members and friends. Over two hundred people packed the Fellowship Hall and Youth Room Saturday evening [...]

“Thank You and Farewell”

The View from the Pulpit: Dear People of God at Resurrection, “Finally, friends, farewell.  Aim for perfection, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.”  [2 Corinthians 13:11]  “THANK  YOU  AND  FAREWELL!” Paul chose these words [...]


The View from the Pulpit: Dear People of God at Resurrection, THE LIGHT OF CHRIST SCATTERS THE DARKNESS The word “Epiphany” literally means an “uncovering” or an “unveiling.”  Epiphany tells the story of God’s presence gradually unveiled in the life of Jesus.  From the visit of the Magi to Jesus’ [...]

The View from the Pulpit

The View from the Pulpit: Dear People of God at Resurrection, As we begin a New Year of 2019, it is time for a little humor.  Below are Twenty-two Really Weird Criticisms Pastors Actually Received (They ALL Actually Happened – but note: none were ever said to me!).  This list [...]

Dear “Christmas” People of God

The View from the Pulpit: Dear “Christmas” People of God, Once again the spell of the little child born in a manger is falling over the world.  Again you and I are touched by the memories.  Our Savior’s birth is a recurring miracle.  It is amazing that the birth of [...]

Advent … a time of preparation; Christmas … a time of celebration

The View from the Pulpit:   Dear Fellow Members of Resurrection, ADVENT … a time of preparation                             CHRISTMAS … a time of celebration The Advent and Christmas Seasons of the Church Year are certainly an exciting time, with concerts, parties, programs, dinners, shopping, decorating, cards, etc. (the list is [...]