January Preaching and Presentation Engagements

I will be at Hope Ev. Lutheran Church in Louisville, KY on Sunday, January 17, to preach during the 10:30am worship service. The congregation is observing its “Celebration of Life Sunday” and I will also conduct the Bible Class before the service beginning at 9:30am. The church is located at: 4200 Shenandoah Drive, Louisville, KY. [Click here for map]

Then on the afternoon of Monday, January 18, I will present a paper to the SEW Chicago Pastors’ Conference at Light of Life Lutheran Church, 2234 Sheek Road, Greenwood, IN, [see map] on the topic: “End-of-Life Issues: Euthanasia – Ethical Issues Involving Death and Dying.”

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Precious Life

In the January 2016 issue of the Forward in Christ publication, I wrote an article entitled, “Precious Life,” Since conception, at every stage, each baby is a precious life who needs a Savior and for whom our Savior has died.

You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

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Bacon, Bologna and Your Health

In a statement released on October 26, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” According to the health page of the BBC website, processed meat includes “bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, beef jerky and ham as well as canned meat and meat-based sauces.”

The statement also included the classification of red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A)” based on “limited” evidence.

For those of us who love hamburgers, this is concerning. For those who love BLTs, bologna sandwiches and bacon with their eggs every morning this is alarming.

This also isn’t the first time such a connection has been drawn between certain meat consumption and cancer.1 The American Cancer Society has been encouraging less consumption of red meat and processed meat for years.2 The WHO announcement, however, puts “teeth” behind the advice.

To put this in perspective, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in men and women in the United States (behind prostate and lung cancer for men; behind breast and lung cancer for women). More than 50,000 men and women die each year from colorectal cancer in the U.S.3

The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 5% (5 out of every 100 people). According to the WHO study, the consumption of 1.75 ounces of processed meat and/or bacon every day raises that figure 18% to about 6% (6 out of every 100 people). Not a huge increase unless you are that sixth person!

Look at it on a national scale. The consumption of 1.75 ounces of processed meat and/or bacon daily adds an additional 30,000 people who will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Admittedly, the 1% increase looks small, but the resulting 30,000 people is significant.

WebMD has an interesting “moderation” article on bacon in the diet. Check it out at: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/can-bacon-be-part-of-a-healthy-diet

Stay informed!

1 Link: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf (accessed on October 27, 2015)
2 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34620617 (accessed on October 27, 2015)
3 Link: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics (accessed on October 27, 2015)


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Life Observance Weekend Preaching and Bible Class: Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

I will be preaching at Faith Lutheran Church in Sussex, WI, with a service on Oct. 29 at 7:00pm. Then on Saturday, Oct. 31 beginning at 5:30pm, and again on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 8:00 and 10:30am. I will also be privileged to conduct the “Life Issues Q&A” Bible study between the Sunday services. A potluck lunch begins on Sunday at 11:30am. If you live in the area, you are invited to attend!

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Preaching for Life Celebration: July 1, 4 and 5

I will be preaching July 1, July 4 and July 5 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the congregation’s Life Celebration Weekend. The service times are 7:00 P.M. (Wednesday, July 1); 5:30 P.M. (Saturday, July 4); 8:00 and 9:30 A.M. (Sunday, July 5). Click here for a map to the church. If you live or are vacationing in the area for the 4th of July weekend, please join the Bethany congregation by attending one of these services.


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June Preaching Update

My upcoming schedule until the end of June is as follows:

This coming Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day), I will be preaching for the congregation’s Celebration of Life Sunday with an emphasis on the Christian father at First German Lutheran Church located at 1033 S. 8th Street, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The service times are 8:00 and 10:30am. My sermon will be themed, “The Legacy We Leave” using  Proverbs 17:6. In addition, I plan to present the Bible Class between services entitled, “A Devout Home Is Concerned About Life.” See the map to the church here.

Then on Thursday, June 25, and Sunday, June 28, I will be preaching at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 799 St. Paul Avenue, in Slinger, Wisconsin. The times of the services are: June 25 at 6:30pm; June 28 at 7:45 and 9:30am. The sermon theme will be “Christ’s Love Compels Us.”  Here is a map to the church location.

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Upcoming Life Observance Sunday – May 17

I will be traveling to Nampa, Idaho, this weekend to preach for a Life Observance Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church. Service times are 8:30 and 11:00am. I will also conduct the Bible class between services on elder care. Looking forward to this opportunity to share God’s Word on life. Join us if you are in the area!

Here is a map to the church:

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Like a Brat Fry?

The Christian Life Resources  Branch of St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting their annual brat fry in conjunction with the Slinger Village Rummage Sale this coming Saturday, May 9. The branch members will set up outside Sonny’s Party & Variety Store, 323 E. Washington Street, Slinger, Wisconsin.  The fun starts at 10:00am and runs until around 2:00pm. Come and enjoy a brat with all the fixings – all while helping the CLR ministry! Here’s the map:

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Culver’s Fundraiser for New Beginnings

If you live in the Milwaukee area, I invite you to be a part of the New Beginnings’ fundraiser event on Wednesday, May 6, at Culver’s located at 3705 N. 124th Street, Brookfield, WI. During the hours of 5:00-8:00pm, enjoy your favorite Culver’s treat with a portion of the proceeds helping the New Beginnings ministry. The map to Culver’s is:

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Upcoming Life Observance Preaching

This coming Thursday, May 7, and Sunday, May 10, I will be preaching for Mother’s Day weekend at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 799 St. Paul Avenue, in Slinger, Wisconsin. The times of the services are: May 7 at 6:30pm; May 10 at 7:45 and 10:30am. In the sermon I will examine 1 Timothy 5:4 & 8 under the theme, “Family Matters.”  In addition, I will be presenting Bible Class between services.  I will cover the second of my 2-part Bible study on the Kingdom of God. Our congregation’s CLR Branch will also kick off the annual “Change for Life” program. This event helps CLR’s home-for-mothers ministry of New Beginnings.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at:

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