A New Calling

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Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, NC

The members of Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Asheboro, voted on February 19, 2012, to call me as their first North American Lutheran Church pastor. I will be ordained and installed on Sunday, May 6th at 2pm, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 505 South Park Street, Asheboro, NC 27203.

Susan and I, and the members of Saint John’s invite you to the service of ordination and installation over which Bishop John Bradosky and Dean Carl Haynes will preside.

A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

I begin my ministry at Saint John’s on Tuesday, May 1st.

Our time of ministry in Graham these past twelve years has been rich and varied. We are sad to leave so many friends and a community we loved from the start. But as someone remarked the other day, it isn’t called a calling for nothing. We gladly go where the Lord calls us.

In fact, when you look at the trajectory of my ministry and education, it is clear that the Lord has been calling me back to my Lutheran roots for a long time. Either those confirmation classes at St. Luke’s in Springfield, Ohio, really took hold or I just read Scripture as Luther did. Maybe it is both. Dr. Ron Selleck, a professor I had for various theology classes in seminary, was the first to notice. He would repeatedly remark in the margins of my earliest papers, “Luther is trying to get out here” and, “Luther again” and simply, “Luther.” This led to research projects on Luther’s commentary on Galatians and Justification in the Lutheran Confessions, as well as the reading of and writing about many books by Luther.

In other words, it feels right and good to be going home.

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