Author Archive -- Nathan Redman

Eggnog isn’t for Unbelievers.

December 7th, 2014 4 comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what the song says so it has to be true…right? I do enjoy the holidays, though mostly for selfish reasons. I get to overeat and overdrink. I get to spoil my kids. I get to sit on the couch under a warm blanket all day, because it’s too cold and snowy outside without feeling guilty about being lazy. I get to drink “the Nog” and eat a wide variety of my mother’s Christmas cookies.  I might even get to look forward to a Christmas bonus. It’s the most wonderful time of   More…

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I’d like to die in my sleep.

October 22nd, 2014 10 comments

I’d like to die in my sleep. I’d like to be in my eighties or even my nineties. I’d like to have roast beef with potatoes and gravy for dinner that night. Maybe even a glass of my favorite beer or a Scotch before bed. I’d like to be able to do my nightly prayers and go sleep soundly thinking of my savior. I’d like to peacefully fall asleep and await the resurrection of my flesh. This seems like a good way to die. Others have different ideas on how they’d like to die. Maybe you’re an avid motorcyclist and would   More…

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Shouldn’t you know better?

October 2nd, 2014 42 comments

That’s the question I keep asking myself. Shouldn’t you know better? Don’t you understand that words actually mean something and your confession or lack thereof is killing people? Growing up I was lucky. I had parents who while they made mistakes were pretty good parents. They kept me out of trouble and taught me right from wrong. If they really screwed up…like beat me, gave me alcohol or let me wonder the wild and crazy streets of Wahpeton, North Dakota as a toddler they would have gotten in trouble. The police would have questioned them and possibly taken me away   More…

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God doesn’t love you for who you are.

September 23rd, 2014 7 comments

Have you ever asked someone why they love you? Have you ever heard someone in a relationship say “He loves me for who I am”? Or even wondered why some people continue to love other people the way they do. The nice young lady, who loves the boyfriend that treats her badly. The wife, who continues to love her husband even after he forgets their anniversary. The dad, who loves his son even after he puts a ding in his Ford Mustang. The parent, who loves their daughter even after she gets pregnant before marriage. The couple, that loves a   More…

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The Devil Has a Rolodex of our Sin.

August 22nd, 2014 7 comments

God knows my sin. He knows how corrupt my heart is. God sees the sins that most in the world would deem “little” and the big nasty sins of my past. God knows my sin. God knows my sin so well he sent his son, Jesus Christ to take all my sins to the cross. He does not want me to give into sin but fight against it. The Holy Spirit comes daily to strengthen me and help me fight my sin. The Word of God is my weapon of truth which declares me not guilty because of Jesus Christ. God   More…

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I’m a Great Husband.

August 8th, 2014 4 comments

In the world’s eyes, I’m a great husband. I love my wife; I support her and my children. I don’t cheat on her or beat her. I don’t yell at her or put her down. That being said if I’m honest, when it comes down to it, I’m selfish. I always try to justify the way I spend my free time by telling myself things like “at least I’m not out at the bar all night getting drunk”. Often times I choose hobbies and myself over my wife. Even the many great resources out there for a Confessional Lutheran can   More…

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That “Warm & Fuzzy” Feeling Must Die!

July 12th, 2014 23 comments

Over the past few years I have wanted to experience a special feeling during church. I wanted the sermon to hit me. I wanted to feel true repentance during confession and even wanted the pastor to look directly at me during the absolution. I wanted the readings to be short and sweet and to the point. I wanted that “warm and fuzzy” feeling in every part of the divine service. I wanted to feel it as I walked into the sanctuary. I wanted to see the smiling faces and hear the friendly greetings. I wanted the guy in front of   More…

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No Apologies.

May 19th, 2014 10 comments

It was bound to happen. Someone changes the subject. People unfriend me on Facebook because of my overly churchy posts. Family members avoid my religious conversations. Even I fall into the trap of continually avoiding religious topics that may rub people the wrong way. It’s easy to confess my faith on Sunday morning but not in my everyday life. The world has me convinced that proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ is only allowed in certain situations. My comfort level may be compromised if I attempt to talk to someone about Jesus Christ. They may have questions I can’t answer   More…

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In Name Only.

May 12th, 2014 17 comments

I used to be a diehard Minnesota Twins baseball fan. I used to watch every game on television and even had partial season tickets. I knew all the players names, their strengths and their weaknesses. I wore Twins t-shirts, hats and jackets on a daily basis. I was faithful to them even if they were horrible and an embarrassment to baseball. I dressed my children in Twins apparel and exposed them to the baseball world I loved so much. I was not a fair weather fan. I lived to read the box scores and watched highlights online. I was truly   More…

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I’m still afraid to die.

March 24th, 2014 13 comments

I remember lying in bed as a teenager in complete silence and darkness not being able to fall asleep. My thoughts quickly changed from friends, to school, to sports and all the everyday events of a typical teenager’s life. I can still remember the feeling like it was only yesterday. The first time I realized that someday, I would die.  Lying there in the darkness a feeling of terror came over me. The terror was followed by panic and tears running down my face. I remember having these episodes a number of times. They usually passed as I calmed down   More…

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You’re Not Unique.

March 2nd, 2014 18 comments

In today’s world uniqueness and individuality are praised and encouraged ad nauseam. You can be anything you want to be, do whatever makes you happy, or as the Fleetwood Mac song says “You Can Go Your Own Way.” I really have no problem with being unique, but sometimes I think our hearts aren’t in the right place. What are we really trying to prove by standing out from the crowd? Have our personal preferences and unique personalities become the only thing people see when they see us? Sports, hobbies, games, relationships and everything else we spend time on sure shine   More…

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Grandma and Grandpa’s Church.

January 28th, 2014 36 comments

It took me awhile to get used to it. I look around at my fellow church members and I see an overwhelming numbers of seniors, and not the seniors heading off to college next year. I see widows, men with canes, and sweet couples who have been married over fifty years. Prayers of the church and death announcements consist of names of people who used to sit in my pew. I have watched as they slowly walk up to and painfully kneel at the Lord’s Table to receive the true body and blood of Christ. Many faces have disappeared into   More…

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My First Time — An experience of Private Confession and Absolution

January 13th, 2014 7 comments

I was scared. I wasn’t sure what I would say. Could I really be honest? I wanted to do it but wasn’t sure if I was ready. You may have heard of it, but thought it wasn’t for you. You probably feel like there isn’t anything that really troubles your conscience enough to warrant it. You probably think the confession and absolution in during the divine service is enough, don’t worry it is. For some people that isn’t enough. That general confession of sins isn’t enough to ease a troubled mind. I don’t know about you but the moment of   More…

New Year’s Repentance Resolutions.

December 31st, 2013 5 comments

It’s that time of year again, time for people to set their New Year’s Resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, quitting a bad habit, spending more time with family or finding that “special someone”. In the past I have had a few resolutions of my own, which I usually break sometime in February. I have tried to exercise more, cut down on my soda intake, and cut down the times I go out to eat to save money. For the record, I think New Year’s Resolutions are kind of silly. If I really wanted to enact a positive change to   More…

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Merry Christmas – My fellow sinners.

December 18th, 2013 3 comments

It was bound to happen. This year it hit me earlier than it usual does.  Christmas songs, decorations, crazy shoppers, Santa Claus and people on Facebook saying how blessed they are. Shouldn’t these things make me happy? Being a Christian during the holidays I should have more love for my neighbor. My problem isn’t people enjoying the things our Father in heaven has given us in this life. My problem is this warped view of Christmas and Christianity that people have.  Unfortunately for me, my sin gets in the way of me taking a simple season’s greetings the right way.   More…

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