Letter from the Director
August 19, 2022

Letter From The Director – August 2022

THE REVISIONISTS HAVE COMPLETELY TAKEN OVER:  A REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF THE ELCA CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY The ELCA held its Churchwide Assembly August 8-12 in Columbus, Ohio.  The gathering sent a…
Letter from the Director
June 9, 2022

Letter From The Director – June 2022

AN ANALYSIS OF RECENT EVENTS IN THE ELCA’S SIERRA PACIFIC SYNOD For years I have been writing articles about the ELCA – often with the subtitle, “What Will It Be…
Letter from the Director
April 21, 2022

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – APRIL 2022

FIVE RESPONSES TO AN EMPTY TOMB In Luke’s account of Easter Sunday morning the Gospel writer records four responses to the empty tomb.  First, being perplexed.  The women found the…
Letter from the Director
February 16, 2022

Letter from the Director – February 2022

HOW DID IT HAPPEN? THE ELCA AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING – PART TWO Introduction For the January 2022 issue of our newsletter, CORE Voice, I wrote the first part of a…
Letter from the Director
December 14, 2021

Letter from the Director – December 2021

THE THINGS IN MARY’S HEART I’ve always liked the way in which the Gospel writer Luke concludes his version of the Christmas story by telling us that Mary kept all…
Letter from the Director
October 15, 2021

Letter From the Director – October 2021

WHAT WILL IT BE NEXT? There are two things we know for sure about the ELCA.  First, they will always give us plenty to write about.  And second, they will…
Letter from the Director
August 16, 2021

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – AUGUST 2021

HOPE AND LIFE GIVING I live in the Sonoran Desert about forty miles northeast of downtown Phoenix.  The Sonoran has been called the greenest desert in the world, because we…
Letter from the Director
June 15, 2021

Letter from the Director – June 2021

THANKING GOD FOR SEEING US THROUGH I experience great joy as pastors tell me of their congregations’ being able to resume in person worship services.  Many are again having delightful…
Letter from the Director
April 13, 2021

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – APRIL 2021

“WHY ARE YOU FRIGHTENED?” Are you a worrier?  Do you know someone who is a worrier?  Are you married to someone who is a worrier?  I know that for me…
Letter from the Director
February 16, 2021

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – FEBRUARY 2021

There are three things I would like to talk about in this letter.  The first one is something I would highly recommend.  The other two are matters of great concern.…
Letter from the Director
December 15, 2020

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – DECEMBER 2020

UNWANTED JOURNEYS I can imagine Mary, about to give birth, between contractions, forcing back the tears and saying, “It was not supposed to be this way!  I was not supposed…
Letter from the Director
October 15, 2020

Letter from the Director – October 2020

LCMC GATHERING – A MATTHEW 17 MOMENT The LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) gathering was held on October 5.  It was inspiring as always.  Because of COVID, they…
Letter from the Director
August 18, 2020

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – AUGUST 2020

A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER This has been a summer like no other.  Who would have ever imagined – at the beginning of the year – that we would be…
Letter from the Director
June 18, 2020

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – JUNE 2020

“GOD IS THE RULER YET” One of my favorite hymns for Fathers’ Day is “This Is My Father’s World.”  One of the verses goes like this: This is my Father’s…
Letter from the Director
April 2, 2020

Letter From The Director – April 2020

Dear Friends in the Risen Lord: Every morning – when I turn on my computer – I wonder, “How much worse is the news going to be today than it…
Letter from the Director
February 18, 2020

Letter From the Director – February 2020

“MUCH LAND STILL REMAINS TO BE CONQUERED”  Joshua 13: 1 says, “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the Lord said to him, ‘You are old and advanced…
Letter from the Director
December 17, 2019

Letter from the Director- December 2019

Joseph must have been a wonderful man.  I would like to have known Joseph and to have had him as a friend.  Matthew 1: 18-25 – the Gospel reading for…
Letter from the Director
October 17, 2019

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – OCTOBER 2019

The past couple months I have had the privilege of representing Lutheran CORE at four most inspiring events – the NALC theology conference, missions festival, and convocation (August 6-9 in…
Letter from the Director
August 22, 2019

Letter from the Director – August 2019

PLEASE, LORD, BRING FIRE For me one of the most challenging parts of writing an article or a letter is knowing where and how to start.  I know what I…
Letter from the Director
June 18, 2019

Letter from the Director – June 2019

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Letter from the Director
April 23, 2019

Letter From the Director – April 2019

HAS THE ELCA SPUN OUT OF CONTROL? My original plan was to share with you the letter I wrote to my synodical bishop regarding “Trustworthy Servants of the People of…
Letter from the Director
February 19, 2019

Letter from the Director – February 2019

NALC LIFE CONFERENCE AND MARCH FOR LIFE WERE AWESOME AND INSPIRING Many thanks to Pastor Dennis DiMauro for organizing and to the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Virginia…
Letter from the Director
December 17, 2018

Letter From the Director – December 2018

LIFE IS HARD, BUT GOD IS GOOD If Mary were with us today, what are the lessons that she would share as the mother of our Lord? I believe that…
Letter from the Director
October 19, 2018

Letter From the Director – October 2018

MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY That is a theme that I heard twice during the same week - at both the LCMC annual gathering October 7-10 and the Lutheran…
Letter from the Director
August 15, 2018

Letter from the Director – August 2018

“PLEASE, LORD, SPARE THE CONGREGATIONS” That was my prayer as I read a recent announcement from United Lutheran Seminary, the ELCA school of theology that was formed by the merger…
Letter from the DirectorOther Communications
July 26, 2018

Letter to Bishop Eaton

Lutheran CORE has sent a letter to ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton asking her to take action in light of some of the keynote speakers at the recent youth gathering.…
CommunicationsLetter from the Director
June 13, 2018

Letter from the Director – June 2018

ELCA LEADERS DO NOT HONOR COMMITMENTS, RESPECT BOUNDARIES, OR RECOGNIZE THEIR OWN INCONSISTENCIES LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – JUNE 2018 Recent events in the ELCA blatantly reveal that ELCA leaders…
Letter from the Director
April 19, 2018

Letter from the Director for April 2018

  LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR – APRIL 2018 REPORT FROM THE PASTORAL SUMMIT – PHASE TWO My head and heart were full as I returned home from Chicago after the…
CommunicationsLetter from the Director
February 21, 2018

Letter from the Director – February 2018

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE ON PHASE TWO OF THE PASTORAL FORMATION PROJECT Thank you for your prayers as we prepare for the second phase of our pastoral…
Letter from the Director
December 19, 2017

MARY, DID YOU KNOW? Devotional for December 24

MARY, DID YOU KNOW? One of the most beautiful of the contemporary Christian songs asks, “Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary,…