Luther500 Germany Trip: Maps & Directions

The Luther500 group is having a great experience so far.  Yesterday was spent exploring Wittenberg, our adopted home for the week.  There was morning prayer, a city tour, a workshop on modern Germany and reunification, dinner and evening prayer. Today was the first of our two “travel days.”  Seven members of our group visited the … More Luther500 Germany Trip: Maps & Directions

Romans in 29 Days

In Trinity’s “Messenger” newsletter for August, I wrote about the experience of re-discovering the Book of Romans this summer as a part of our “Love Letters” summer sermon series.  Here is a 29 day plan for reading the whole book.  You can get it done before the school year begins and still have a few … More Romans in 29 Days

The Mobile Reformation

When I think of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, my mind immediately spins back to 8th grade confirmation, and the hours spent trying to memorize Luther’s meanings to the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed and the 10 Commandments. The Small Catechism is still the centerpiece of our Lutheran understanding of these important elements of our Christian … More The Mobile Reformation

Who To Vote For?

I’ve noticed an almost universal reaction when the topic of the elections, especially the presidential election comes up.  There is a sigh…sometimes the rolling of the eyes, and the statement:  “I can’t WAIT for this election to be over.” Election exhaustion.  We’re all there.  It’s a long enough process as it is, but this year … More Who To Vote For?

Luther’s Prayer for a Charitable Disposition

This is Martin Luther’s prayer “for a charitable disposition.”  It seems that it is especially appropriate during this election season. Please join me in this prayer: “God, give us true obedience and perfect resignation in all things temporal and eternal.  Preserve us from the cruel vice of slandering, defaming, judging and condemning others.  Oh that … More Luther’s Prayer for a Charitable Disposition


“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,     so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”   – Psalm 90:14     What does it mean to be satisfied?  And why does this line from the 90th Psalm ask God to make us satisfied in the morning? I wonder how many … More Satisfied

Remember and Reform

“Remember and Reform” John 8:31-36 Pastor Todd Buegler October 24-25, 2015 Reformation Weekend Trinity Lutheran Church Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, and from Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the world!  Amen. The protestant reformation began on October 31st, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses, … More Remember and Reform

Where We Walk

This morning, Pastor Justin Vetrano, who is on the leadership team for the Luther500 Festival leader’s event that I’m attending in Wittenberg, Germany, spoke briefly at our morning prayer service.  He wondered about the streets and the floors.  He talked about the cobblestones on the street that run throughout the town.  How long had they … More Where We Walk