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About michaelrinehart

Bishop of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Luther on faith and works

“Thus it is impossible to separate works from faith, quite as impossible as to separate heat and light from fire.” — Martin Luther (LW 35:371)

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A spirituality of the cross

The spirituality of nature is natural. The spirituality of stress-free happiness can be euphoric. I have experienced it. It is insufficient. The difference between nature spirituality and Christian spirituality is the cross. The cross draws us to the powerless and … Continue reading

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What is it with orphans?

Is there something profoundly formation all about losing ones parents, whether early or late? Why are so many significant people in history orphans? Aristotle Moses Muhammad St. Nicolas Nelson Mandela Malcolm X John Keats Edgar Allen Poe J. R. R. … Continue reading

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Keith Magnuson

Keith Magnuson died today. Keith worked with us on our strategic plan. He was a bold mentor. He pushed me. “Synods are not excellent resources of congregations, Mike. What would it look like for a synod to be laser-focused on … Continue reading

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Creativity and collaboration

Interviewer: I asked Steve Jobs what product he was most proud of creating, thinking he would answer the Mac or the iPhone. He said, “You know, creating a good product is hard, but creating a team that can collaborate, innovate … Continue reading

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Houston is now the most ethnically diverse city in the U.S.

As this Hindu Temple in Stafford (just outside of Houston) attests, Houston is increasingly ethnically diverse. Here are some articles that track the growing diversity. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1321089 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/us/what-ethnic-diversity-looks-like-fort-bend.html?_r=0 Houston has the highest concentration of consulates. Over 1M of Houston’s 6M residents … Continue reading

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A Four-fold Benedictine Blessing

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation … Continue reading

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