About Pastor Paul Rydecki

Rev. Paul Rydecki is originally from Stevensville, Michigan. Although baptized in the LC-MS, he joined a WELS congregation with his parents at an early age. He graduated from Northwestern College in 1995 and from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2000, when he was ordained and commissioned as a world missionary to Puerto Rico. After four years in Puerto Rico and three in Mexico, Rev. Rydecki accepted a call in 2007 to Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and his four sons, Nathan, Jacob, Samuel and Lucas.

Sermon — Pr. Paul Rydecki — Faith is the difference between those who are justified and those who are not

Sermon for Trinity 11 Emmanuel Lutheran Church Las Cruces, New Mexico Genesis 4:1-15  +  Ephesians 2:1-10  +  Luke 18:9-14 As we have learned from God’s Word on many occasions, the whole world is divided in two, and has been ever … Continue reading

Intrepid Lutherans Conference: A Review

The first annual (hopefully!) Intrepid Lutherans Conference was held on June 1st and 2nd at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The theme of the conference was “Church and Continuity,” obviously an expression of our theology and worldview that run … Continue reading

Does God Hate the Sin but Love the Sinner?

Troubled sinner: “I’ve done a terrible thing.  God must hate me.” Well-meaning friend: “No, that isn’t true.  God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” That’s some pretty typical Lifetime TV counseling.  “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.”  … Continue reading

Church Fellowship – in Story Format

So who wants to talk church fellowship? (Sure, leave it to the WELS pastor to open up this can o’ worms.) This will all seem terribly simplistic, I realize. And it is. But we might as well start somewhere. Back … Continue reading

The Journey to the Cross and the Empty Tomb – a Lutheran Translation

I always appreciate the invitations to “journey to the cross this Holy Week,” or to have a “blessed journey to the empty tomb.” Those invitations come from every corner of the Christian world. But when Lutherans say such things, they … Continue reading

Steadfast WELS — New Bible Translation or Bust – or Both

It was almost a year ago when the Brothers of John the Steadfast alerted their readers to some of the controversy surrounding the updated NIV translation of the Bible, published one year ago this month. The 1984 version, which has … Continue reading

Steadfast WELS — It begins on paper

I’ve been graciously asked to bring a little bit of WELS history and an occasional WELS perspective to the Steadfast readers. I’m quite sure most of my brothers in the WELS would agree that I’m not exactly your stereotypical (or … Continue reading