St. Peter's Blog
Friday, Sep 19, 2014
Author: Pastor Andreas Wagner

Contemporary thoughts about forgiveness based on Matthew 18

Forgiveness, no doubt is one of our core Christian values, touted again and again in scripture, in worship and in our teachings. Yet, forgiveness can also be a surprisingly complicated and loaded concept. Take the recent high profile case of football player Ray Rice who knocked his fiance unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator last year. The story made headlines throughout the sports world and now far beyond, since a video surfaced that revealed the gruesome graphic details.

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014
Author: Pastor Andreas Wagner

I enter truly dangerous territory when I, a pastor, approach my work from a customer service perspective. Many of my colleagues and Christian lay leaders would protest and say: "NO! You can't look at church like that! Church people are not customers who come to be served but disciples who are called to serve others." It's the Christian version of the famous JFK appeal, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but..."

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014
Author: Pastor Andreas Wagner

Is it allowed to use the "h" word in a church context or newsletter? I have never been a big user of swear and strong words, not before my pastoral training and not now, even when I am in "safe" distance from church folk. And believe me, when that happens, every once in a great while, my daughter Sarah acts as my eternal conscience. "Should you say that, pa? You're a pastor!" "Thanks, Sarah! Thanks for reminding me!" But, as I tried to explain to her, sometimes there are few other words in our human vocabulary that describe as aptly what we're going through than words which are at least borderline bad. I really had one "h" of a summer, and not in the positive sense that this phrase often jocularly carries.

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