Prayer for Pentecost

As an addition to my post about celebrating Pentecost multilingually, I asked my grandfather, Reverend Arthur Schultz, if he might write a collect, that is a prayer, for churches and individuals who would like to remember Bible translation work this year on Pentecost Sunday, especially for those of us preparing for the dedication of the New Testament in Likɔɔnl coming Continue reading

A Lenten preparation for an African Bible: doing without Scripture in our own language

What are you giving up for Lent, which begins this year on Ash Wednesday March 5?  Why would someone limit their freedom and “give something up” for Lent? My Lutheran tradition emphasizes that we don’t give up something to earn points with God or to look down on others who are not as “spiritual” as we are. Rather my friend Continue reading

Eschatology: Bible dedication as a sign that God’s rule is surely coming

The Bible dedication of the Likɔɔnl (a.k.a Komba) New Testament will be coming up this year. It is coming as a sign, a symbol, that God’s reign is coming and most certainly will come in its fullness. Following the trajectory of my last post, Here is how a Bible dedication can be conceived of as an eschatological in breaking of Continue reading

Eschatological events

I’ve been thinking about eschatological events recently. It was actually a description of the ministry We Are Cherished  that got me thinking about it.  Women, some of whom have been abused in prostitution and have escaped that cycle, organize once a month in order to go into strip clubs.  They obtain permission to give specially wrapped gifts to the women Continue reading

The L.W.M.L

I had a great weekend at Camp Pioneer in Angola, NY with 150 wonderful ladies of the Lutheran Women Missionary League of the Eastern District.  It was a special pleasure to speak to them on their conference theme from Psalm 107:33.  What an interesting theme and so appropriate for our lives as missionaries and our lives as Christians. Our springs Continue reading