Author Archive -- Pastor David Juhl

The Reverend David Michael Juhl was born June 1, 1972 in Du Quoin, IL. He was born from above by water and the Holy Spirit on June 18, 1972 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Du Quoin, IL. He was confirmed on March 23, 1986 at Bethel congregation. He attended Du Quoin public schools, graduating from Du Quoin High School in 1990. He attended John A. Logan Junior College, Carterville, IL, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, graduating with the Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television in 1994. Before attending seminary, Pastor Juhl was a radio disc jockey, working for WDQN Radio in Du Quoin, IL and volunteering at WSIU/WUSI/WVSI Radio in Carbondale, IL while a student at SIU. Pastor Juhl is a 2002 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. He served his vicarage at Faith Lutheran Church, Tullahoma, TN. His first charge after graduation was Trinity Lutheran Church, Iuka, IL, where he was ordained and installed on July 7, 2002. He served Trinity until March 4, 2007, when he accepted the Divine Call to serve Our Savior Lutheran Church, Momence, IL. Pastor Juhl is married to the former Rebecca Warmuth since October 3, 2003. They have one daughter, Catherine, born September 3, 2004, and two sons, Matthew, born October 11, 2008, and Christopher, born August 12, 2010.

Where There Is No Love, There Doctrine Cannot Remain Pure

December 17th, 2012 4 comments

In this holy season of Advent, a time of repentance as we await the birth of the Savior according to the flesh, as well as in difficult circumstances in our country and, yes, even among Lutherans in America, let us take to heart the words of Blessed Martin Luther: It is inevitable that one member occasionally jostles the other, just as a foot or a toe of our body bumps the others, or as a person injures himself. Such bumps and trials do not fail to come, especially because we are sojourning here in the realm of the devil, who   More…

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Seminex: A Debt of Gratitude(?)

November 30th, 2012 75 comments

I stumbled upon this video a while back. The Reverend John S. Damm was once Academic Dean of Concordia Seminary under John Tietjen’s administration. He was one of the 35 professors who exiled themselves from Concordia Seminary in February of 1974 to begin Concordia Seminary in Exile (Seminex), later Christ Seminary-Seminex. Damm later became Pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in the borough of Manhattan, New York, NY. He is retired, but has been given the honorific title “Pastor Emeritus”. The video is worth your watching. The one thing Damm rightly points out is the doctrine of Baptism and how   More…

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Try A Little Kindness, Help A Brother Out, However You Say It, Encourage Your Pastor When He’s Discouraged!

November 19th, 2012 25 comments

We’ve all seen it play out either before our eyes or in cyber space. A pastor is discouraged about something. Before you know it, that pastor has resigned a Call and has joined another fellowship. Maybe he has disqualified himself from office. Maybe he has had enough of pricking against the goads of his flock who do not have ears to hear. Maybe the wounds are self-inflicted from a sinful man saying or doing a sinful thing. Whatever the case, a pastor did not have anyone to encourage him in a time of need. It is a sad commonplace among   More…

A Perfect Gift for Your Pastor: Doxology

October 10th, 2012 3 comments

I have heard it said that the best way to appreciate your pastor is to receive the Gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation from him. I agree! But what if you want to give him something more tangible? Why not ask your congregation to send your pastor (and his wife) to Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel? Now is an opportune time because if you sign him up before October 31, you will receive a $200 savings on registration! What Lutheran congregation doesn’t like to save some money, especially in this difficult economy? I was privileged to   More…

Pastor Appreciation (of Each Other) Month

October 4th, 2012 8 comments

The “powers that be” say that October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Still I hold that every month is Pastor Appreciation Month because the Lord has seen fit to place me into the Preaching Office. He has also seen fit to give me a congregation where I preach and teach. Which reminds me, when was the last time any of us regularly prayed for a pastor who is a Candidate for the Holy Ministry (CRM)? This is the closest we LCMS Lutherans get to purgatory. All kidding aside, there are far too many good men in need of a Call who   More…

Q&A — May I Speak at a Non-Lutheran Funeral?

October 2nd, 2012 12 comments

A concerned reader sent this question: I am a Lutheran and understand that eulogies are not given in traditional Lutheran funeral services. But what should I say if I am asked to speak at the funeral of a family member who is not a Lutheran?   Thank you for your question. You are correct when you understand that eulogies are not given in a Lutheran rite of Christian Burial. Lutheran Service Book: Agenda mentions at least twice in the Christian Burial section: A eulogy is not in the best Christian tradition. An obituary may be read which focuses on the   More…

Franz Pieper on the Preaching Office

September 4th, 2012 1 comment

LCMS President Matthew Harrison is opening a Pandora’s Box of fun by posting little snippets of his translation work. I do not consider myself a translation scholar by any stretch of the imagination. I still use Google Translate to help me with the language! Nevertheless, I’ve been working on something I stumbled across a while back. Franz Pieper, of blessed memory, gave this address concerning the divine arrangement of the public preaching office in 1914. You must remember that Franz and his brother August (one of the “three horsemen” of the Wauwatosa Gospel in the Wisconsin Synod) disagreed on the   More…

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Harking Back: “That We May Grow”

August 29th, 2012 8 comments

My hometown newspaper has a frequent feature called “Harking Back.” The column is a look back at what was happening 5, 10, 20+ years before on that date. I’d like to steal the idea of “harking back” to a time when the Missouri Synod was still recovering from the fallout of the Walkout at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in the winter of 1974. +Professor Kurt Marquart+ taught “Theology of the Ecumenical Movement” as an elective in the Winter Quarter of 2001-2002 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. I was privileged to take that class along with a number   More…

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“Successful” “Failures”

August 23rd, 2012 41 comments

My district (Northern Illinois) convention featured occasional videos of “New Believers” that came from “New Starts” in the district. What I noticed in the videos was that most of the congregations featured were in affluent, predominantly white suburbs. Many offer “contemporary” (sic) worship. One individual even noted in her video “testimony” that the person wouldn’t have trouble now that the person is a Christian. Because the person is a neophyte, I am willing to have mercy on the incorrect statement. The videos, while well meaning and intending to rejoice in the Lord’s bountiful harvest of the elect, were quite off-putting   More…

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Found on the Internet: Burying A Church

August 8th, 2012 38 comments

My Northern Illinois District brother Hans Fiene posted this on his blog today. It’s called “Burying A Church.” I sympathize with the anonymous writer of this blog post. I serve a small congregation (average weekly Divine Service attendance is 50ish) in a small town (population 3,063). Like the brother in the blog post, I don’t do many baptisms. I’ve been blessed to have a run of adult confirmands and a few youth confirmands. I do my share of funerals, too. When I look at my flock from the pulpit each week, I see mostly people over the age of 60,   More…

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The Sting Of Sin: If We Only Knew How Bad It Is

July 26th, 2012 3 comments

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 ESV). I did not understand the implications of Romans 6:23 until I was a seminary student. The sting of sin had never been shown to me in such a dramatic way until I began my studies of God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Hearing Law/Gospel preaching every day in chapel put how grave was my condition if I continued to sin and treat forgiveness of sin as “cheap grace” or as a “get out of hell free card”.   More…

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Steadfast Encouragement from Luther

July 5th, 2012 5 comments

Blessed Martin Luther’s First House Postil for The Fifth Sunday after Trinity (Luke 5:1-11) is one of the most pastoral sermons I’ve had the pleasure to read. Using the miraculous catch of fish on Lake Genessaret as the text, he delivers incredible comfort to the reader simply by reminding him to hearken to the Word of Christ over against reason. When one hearkens to the Word of God against everything reason puts up against the Word, then God is surely well-pleased because one holds to the Word and does as the Word says. Luther continues: If everybody would respond to   More…

Law and Gospel: One Small Step Toward Unity?

June 28th, 2012 16 comments

I spent a week’s vacation last week with my family behind the “Cheddar Curtain” in Wisconsin, as well as in southeast Minnesota. Though I was riddled with lower back pain and sciatica, it was a restful week spent reading the first half of C.F.W. Walther’s timeless classic, “The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel.” I appreciate what Concordia Publishing House has done with the “Reader’s Edition.” Walther’s words are brought into easy to understand English. It is as if the man himself were speaking to me. What strikes me most about this book is the fact that I am once   More…

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Forgotten Lutheran Classics

June 25th, 2012 16 comments

I am an incurable bibliophile. Yes, I am even a member of a Facebook group about book smelling. The smell of a book, whether a newly published paperback or a musty tome, makes me almost euphoric. In my theological library are a host of books one might call “Forgotten Lutheran Classics.” Some are published by good ol’ Concordia Publishing House. Others are published by houses long since gone (Muhlenberg Press comes to mind). Some of these books may not even be considered “classics” because they were not big sellers or because their theological method leaves something to be desired. Whatever   More…

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How The Missouri Synod Once Handled Difficult Doctrinal Issues

I am trying to teach myself German. I had one year in college and a little tutoring from a brother pastor in my circuit. The method I use is to let Google Translate help me with vocabulary. Grammar slowly comes into place, but I need to knuckle down and do the hard work. At any rate, I’ve been working on the Doctrinal Proceedings of the 1860 Convention of The German Evangelical-Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States (as the Missouri Synod was once known). The topic that year was a set of theses concerning the intimate relationship of the   More…

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