About 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

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 … Continue reading

Seminex: A Debt of Gratitude(?)

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

A Perfect Gift for Your Pastor: Doxology

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 … Continue reading

Pastor Appreciation (of Each Other) Month

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Franz Pieper on the Preaching Office

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 … Continue reading

Harking Back: “That We May Grow”

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 … Continue reading

“Successful” “Failures”

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 … Continue reading

Found on the Internet: Burying A Church

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) … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Steadfast Encouragement from Luther

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 … Continue reading

Law and Gospel: One Small Step Toward Unity?

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 … Continue reading

Forgotten Lutheran Classics

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

“Styles” of Ministry

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with … Continue reading

Steadfast Potpourri – ‘Owzat?

You can’t pigeonhole me. Don’t even try. Not even the venerable editors of this website can pigeonhole me. That is why I have been given the appellation “Steadfast Potpourri.” There is no rhyme or reason to what I write, except … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Bad Vicarages

Found over on Pastor David Juhl’s blog, FatherDMJ.livejournal.com:   Disclaimer: The following post casts no aspersions on particular people or places. The following post focuses on the reality of the situation that some vicar-designates now face. I’ve seen Internet chatter … Continue reading