Steadfast in the City–Building Update

We have reached a joyous milestone here at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries.  After a year of a complicated and at times frustrating process, we have acquired our first set of buildings in Northeast Philadelphia.  The buildings belonged to an existing LCMS … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — The Story

Everyone seems to get a little piece of what I do out here in Philadelphia.  I wanted to take this chance to tell the story of the last year, an where we are going.  Since Lutherans across the nation know … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Food Ban Update

Today in Philadelphia, a federal judge blocked the enforcement of the ban to prohibit feeding the homeless in public.  Since much of a homeless person’s food supply is distributed outside due to high costs for downtown kitchens, and much of … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City– “Mercy or Ulterior Motives”

My friend and brother in the ministry, Matt Lorfeld, recently wrote a short, marvelous post on his church’s blog about the nature of mercy work and its possible “ulterior motives.” As a pastor who spends most of his time with … Continue reading

Steadfast on Campus — Short Term Mission Trips

The Rev. Joshua Gale wrote a fine article here on BJS in response to the discussion on short-term mission trips.  He wrote from the perspective of one who received help from a group of college students who were on spring … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Short-Term Mission Trips

In a recent post here on BJS, a link to a video was displayed where a young guy with Fisk-like energy critiqued the phenomenon of “short-term mission trips.”  The video largely criticized the self-serving goal of some of those who … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — City Hall Opposition: A Response

While hanging rafters in a Chicago suburb seven years ago, I decided I would go to seminary to be a pastor in the LCMS. I never thought much of my work in my first call would be illegal. I serve … Continue reading