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Karl has been serving St. Paul’s Richville LC and St. John’s, Ottertail, MN since Labor Day, 2004. He was raised in the Roman Church receiving his BA from Fordham University. Before going to seminary he was a computer programmer in Minneapolis. He served as a short term missionary in Guatemala and Kenya, East Africa. He spent time as a member of the ELCA and studied two years at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN pursing his M. Div. before transferring to the LCMS for theological reasons and continuing his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He was ordained in 1991 and earned his D. Min. in May 2002 from the same institution. He has contributed study notes to The Lutheran Study Bible. He enjoys deer hunting, going to the gym, swimming, and reading. He is married to Mary and has five wonderful children.

WON ME FROM ALL SINS, FROM DEATH, AND FROM WHO…?

July 24th, 2014 No comments

            Perhaps you have heard the latest from Religious News Services reporting the recent decision of the Anglican Church of England which in the United States is called the Episcopal Church, USA. The Church of England has purged references to the devil and to sin in a new baptism ceremony, saying it is easier to understand compared to the older service. From the Ecumenical News we have: In the current wording, parents vow to “reject the devil and all rebellion against God,” “renounce the deceit and corruption of evil” and “repent of the sins that   More…

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Our Vocation is Stewardship

June 4th, 2014 2 comments

  As a parish pastor these last twenty-three years I have neglected preaching on stewardship. Don’t let this surprise you for the more my parishioners know me the more they see how I lack and need to be filled-up in Christ (Col 2:10). I preached on stewardship when it appeared in the pericopel system. Even then I hesitated laboring under the mistaken notion that preaching on stewardship was self-serving; and pastors can’t do that! Also, quite honestly, I had been turned off by the many legalistic stewardship sermons preached by our evangelical friends, “Tithe this amount and God will give   More…

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E-Harmony, Virtual Learning and SMP Pastoral Formation

        On-line dating sites are proliferating. And, to head this one off at the pass, I am not employing their services! Many options including “Christian Mingle,” and “E-harmony,” provide services to singles in society. Data and facts are checked in the appropriate boxes and communication commences. But a virtual relationship based on “facts” goes only so far. Should things continue in a positive direction, individuals then consider the “big” question: should they meet in person? An unspoken realization confronts these individuals: facts are important, but not sufficient for authentic community. Instinctively they know that meaning is found   More…

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About Our Lord’s Work — Sermon for Confirmation Sunday on Lk 24:13-35

Title: About Our Lord’s Work Text: Lk 24:13-35 Third Sunday of Easter, Confirmation Sunday, May 4,  2014 It is on the Emmaus Road when Jesus meets two men who are dejected. They knew Jesus had been crucified. In their world view death was final and nothing could reverse it. And so they thought the forces of nature had again won. A bodily resurrection was not on their radar screen—not yet. And so they, like so many imagined that thieves, or some con artist had been at work; but the miracle of God; nah. On this dusty, quiet, and for these   More…

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Reaffirming the Resurrection

April 24th, 2014 2 comments

             Easter is when Christians rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. In addition to Scripture additional circumstantial evidence can be used to affirm the empty grave. First, not even Jesus’ staunchest enemies were able to produce a corpse. The entire message of the resurrection could easily have been squashed by depositing Jesus’ body in downtown Jerusalem. The second rational has to do with the primary witnesses—two women (Mk 16:1). In Rabbinic Judaism women were not viewed as reliable witnesses especially in a court of law. If the resurrection was a fraud by Jesus’ friends they   More…

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The Energy Drink — Sermon on John 4:5-26

March 22nd, 2014 1 comment

Title: The Energy Drink Text: Jn 4:5-26 Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014   In lake country we are unaware of what many in the world are facing. Additionally, we are close to the Great Lakes which contain 85% of the fresh water in North America and 20% of the world’s. Whether it is in the Middle East or, in California, or Richville, water is life. If you are in reasonable shape and in ideal conditions—that is, not in the heat or cold without exerting yourself, a human can probably live for about 3 to 5 days without any   More…

On Making the Sign of the Cross

March 14th, 2014 32 comments

Through the millennium physical gestures have accompanied those who have prayed to their “higher power”. Such physical gestures whatever they may be are “signifiers” that the individual is speaking to one who is unseen. It is the attitude of the heart that determines the use of these physical gestures. In our prayer life as Lutherans Martin Luther encourages Christians to make the sign of the cross. This is seen in his Morning Prayer where he encourages: Morning Prayer In the morning when you get up, make the sign of the holy cross and say: In the name of the Father   More…

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Neutrality is not Christian, compassion and forgiveness are

February 13th, 2014 No comments

Note:  The following was written in reaction to a community event in Perham, MN where abortion was discussed.  The following certainly does not seek to be neutral.             St. Henry’s Catholic Church blessed the Perham, MN community when they hosted the PALS Panel Wednesday night, January 29th. Five women from PALS; (Post Abortive Ladies) spoke for an hour-and-a-half to a nearly full sanctuary.              They shared how they had elective abortions and how abortion is not safe and nor is it a harmless choice. For years and in some instances for decades they grieved and sorrowed from the consequences of   More…

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Looking at Giving Records

January 19th, 2014 100 comments

Recently I came across John Kieschnick’s article found in LCEF encouraging the pastor to familiarize himself with the giving amounts of his parishioners. Since a person’s attendance in the Divine Service and Bible Study is public to all he goes on to reason; why not the tithe as well? To the pastor who is reticent about garnering such information Kieschnick candidly writes:  While I would never encourage a pastor to violate his conscience in this regard, I would ask that pastors seriously consider the consequences of their attitudes. Members are influenced by the attitude and actions of their pastors, both   More…

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The Blessings of Every Sunday Communion

January 14th, 2014 No comments

By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ both my dual parishes receive the blessed Sacrament every Sunday. This is joy for me as pastor and for parishioner as well. Jesus so loves us he gives his gifts in many and different ways where he has promised. It is true that many parishes in Synod do not have every Sunday Communion. But the good news is that at nearly every District and Syndical Convention resolutions are overwhelmingly passed encouraging congregations parishes in this direction. At times parishioners are hesitant to change. This is understandable when “… change and decay in   More…

Truth and Repentance – Sermon on Matthew 11:2-15

December 18th, 2013 No comments

Title: Truth and Repentance Text: Mt 11:2-15 Third Sunday in Advent, December 15, 2013 Throughout his ministry John was faithful doing what God called him to be about; preaching law so that through its crushing accusation people may flee to Christ for forgiveness. When doing something wrong there is always guilt. And there are only two ways guilt is removed. Either, it is removed by removing those people and the message which speaks the truth making you feel uncomfortable. Or, this guilt is removed through repentance, a confessing of sin and fleeing to Christ for mercy. John was now in   More…

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Love Will Judge

December 4th, 2013 1 comment

Wait … Nooooo! Did I read that correctly? Is the author saying we are to judge and that, even worse, judging is a loving thing? Gasp! Doesn’t the author realize what Jesus said in his Gospel? “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” (Mt 7:1-2). Properly understood it is a loving thing to judge. But of course the key is, “properly understood.” In the church there are three arenas in which judgments can be made: 1) regarding one’s   More…

Silly Songs and the Second Commandment

October 14th, 2013 229 comments

 There is a fascination among our youth and those who engage in youth ministry to wed meal time prayers—grace—with tunes from society’s pop culture and songs. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard meal prayers sung to the tune of: 1) Superman, 2) Gilligan’s Island, 3) Rock Around the Clock, 4) Adam’s Family, 5) Row, Row, Row Your Boat. I could list many more examples but I prefer not. For different reasons mealtime prayers are wedded to these secular tunes; “prayer tunes,” I call them. This wedding of secular tunes to pious words has a   More…

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Deathbed Conversions — How common are they?

September 19th, 2013 12 comments

Don’t get me wrong. Deathbed conversions do happen. And when they do we rejoice and thank God the Holy Spirit for having worked such a miracle on the cusp of eternity. Please do not think I am denying the reality of deathbed conversions with such a provocative title. That being said, many people in the midst of life dismissively state they will come to Christ at the moment of their death. This article addresses the notion that faith in Christ can be postponed to promiscuously enjoy the things of this world while at a later time placing their trust in   More…

Praying in Jesus’ Name.

August 28th, 2013 1 comment

Palms are sweaty and your pulse throbs. The stomach is in a knot. What, oh what, should I say? I’ve done it this time. How should I word it? No, let’s change it and put it this way. Perhaps that will get me off the hook. Maybe if I said it this way, hmm, I need to work on this. You’ve been in this type of predicament with these thoughts and so have I. Usually it’s because I’ve been busted and done what I shouldn’t have done and now I need to pay the piper. In situations like these words   More…

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