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October 2017 Update

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 2017 Update

I have finished my first “quartester,” my first of four sets of classes for this school year. The three classes I have completed are, (1) a psalms class where we take a closer look message of select Psalms, (2) a class about the fifth century early church father, Cyril of Alexandria and his 700 page commentary on the Gospel of John, which yes we read the whole thing, (3) and a sermon writing class where we explored how to include types of personalities into delivering a sermon, especially those which are not native to my own personality. Thankfully most of the homework was completed at the beginning of the last week of those classes as many friends from my hometown were worried about their own home. That was Monday, October 9th.

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Celebrating 500 Years

Friday, September 29, 2017

Celebrating 500 Years

I’ve made it to my fourth year of seminary education. I remember applying to my undergraduate school, Concordia University Irvine for the pre-seminary degree and thinking that I was out of my mind. However, God has kept me going forward in my formation as to being a pastor. And now as I am getting closer to completing my Master of Divinity degree at the seminary, we are celebrating the 500th year of the Reformation.

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Lost in Thought - David

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lost in Thought - David

When I was walking through an art museum at Washington DC, I happened to see a statue of David from the Bible story. The Bible tells of how at his youth he was a shepherded. And in this statue, David is holding a shepherd’s staff alongside a lamb. I thought, how precious. Then in the next room, I saw another statue of David. This time David had his foot on the head of Goliath. With this one, I thought, how brutal. Then I walked on to another room.

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Thank You Hanover

Monday, July 31, 2017

Thank You Hanover

My 52-week service as the vicar, the intern pastor, of Hanover is now completed. There is so much I have learned, and there is so much I that has shaped me through this ministry experience. Much of it is done through the shadowing under my pastoral supervisor, the pastor of Hanover. Yet, at the same time, the people of the congregation also provide care and support as I serve them with the help of God. I could tell of all the fun and amazing things I have been a part of at Hanover, but I think you can get the idea through one example. That one example would be the Monday night Bible study.

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Spring Fun

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Spring Fun

Jesus is risen. He has risen indeed. Alleluia. As a church, as believers in Christ, every Spring season we remember Jesus Christ who has risen from the grave. Not only do we remember that is Jesus alive but that we are still waiting for his return to this Earth to bring his people everlasting home. And as Ascension Day is coming soon, we remember that after Jesus arose from the grave, he also ascended into the heavens, kind of like Elijah, and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father.

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Raising People in the Light

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Raising People in the Light

It’s February here in Cape Girardeau. I said to one of the parishioners, “I hear it’s been a mild February winter.” They replied, “It feels more like spring.” I said, “Though I am from California, I am not praying for a mild winter.” I am enjoying it though. I was told though that the snow any still show up anytime before Easter. The groundhog apparently saw his shadow, so maybe there will be six weeks snow ahead of us.

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Fall Adventures

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fall Adventures

As the year 2016 is coming to an end, I’m almost half way through my vicarage. At Hanover, I’ve learned a lot about serving as a pastor, and yet I know there is so much more to learn. Not only are the parts of worship service important, but also special events where people are getting together and being there for each other in the name of Jesus Christ is a huge part of ministry as well. I know that all that I’m going through will prepare me for the ministry that is ahead of me.

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Water, Pigs, and Mules

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Water, Pigs, and Mules

It’s already been two months since I have been at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As far as I know, it’s the only Hanover Lutheran Church out there. I dare you to prove me wrong. The people who first planted the congregation in Cape Girardeau was from the German lands in 1846. They had arrived in America several years before the leaders who organized the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod had arrived.

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Summer 2016

Friday, August 05, 2016

Summer 2016

What a summer. Lots of celebration and proclamation in preaching, wedding anniversaries, weddings, and even some pleasant nature walks. Now it is time for me to boogie with the people of Hanover.

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Hanover, Here I Come

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hanover, Here I Come

What a year! I have completed my second intense year at Concordia Seminary. So what does the future hold for my four-year program? Well, the third year I will be serving my vicarage, my internship. I have been blessed with the privilege of serving my vicarage at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I can’t wait to get there after my summer activities with my friends and family.

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