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Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in the Central African Republic

One of our two companions synods is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic. They are in the midst of a crisis caused by flooding, COVID-19 and conflict. according to UNICEF, 60% of the population is in humanitarian... Continue Reading →

Hurricane Ida (2021)

Tropical Depression 9 arose and sped up fast to a Hurricane. Hurricane Ida made landfall near Houma on August 29, 2021, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Thank you for all the offers to help! Now is not the time... Continue Reading →

Pleasant Hill Baptist, Houston

This Sunday, August 15, 2021, I was invited by my good friend, The Rev. Harvey Clemons, to preach at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Houston’s 5th Ward. Harvey has served this nearly 100-year-old church for 37 years, almost 38. Harvey... Continue Reading →

Faith Leaders and Police Reform in Houston, 2021

This post is a summary of police reform efforts in Houston, and what is needed from faith communities. There are, however, some basic learning applicable to congregations in every context. I encourage you to read on. Mayor Turner and other... Continue Reading →

Grace New Orleans!

Saturday evening jazz service August 7, 2021. Video: https://youtu.be/aWnSMx9d1LM Prelude: Just a Closer Walk Award for the visitor from furthest away: My friend Joel Muller from Australia. Joel just arrived to take a position at Tulane. Signed agreement with Interim... Continue Reading →

Camp Hope 2021 in the Gulf Coast Synod

This year, 7 congregations in the Gulf Coast Synod served a total of 771 (+ St John) campers at Camp Hope, a three-week camp held at church and led by youth! Kinsmen: 224 kids (3 weeks, 70% from the community!)... Continue Reading →

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