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Kurt Lammi

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Kurt Lammi is the pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Dog Leg Road in Dayton, Ohio, and is a frequent contributor to Living Lutheran. His writing has also appeared in Sundays and Seasons, Christ in Our Home and the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. He lives in Vandalia, Ohio, with his wife, daughter, cat and fish.

Pray without ceasing - March 15, 2019

“Thoughts and prayers.” We’ve all heard this phrase in the wake of recent national tragedies, particularly in regard to gun violence, in what has become the routine offering of condolences from public figures to victims and their families. Critics suggest that citing only “thoughts and prayers,” without committing to tangible plans, is an insufficient way […]

Red light, green light - August 7, 2018

The rules of driving are easy. A red light means stop, and a green light means go. Even young children who can’t drive yet know what these lights mean. However, sometimes when we follow Jesus, we get both red and green lights at the same time. So what should we do—stop or go? For the […]

Introverted leaders in the church - June 27, 2018

When we think of leaders in the early church, the first two people who come to mind are probably Peter and Paul. Peter was the “blockhead” turned into “the rock.” Paul was the persecutor turned evangelist who arguably wrote around half of the New Testament. But there are plenty of other early leaders who are […]

‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ - June 7, 2018

“Won’t you be my neighbor?” That was the song and invitation from Fred Rogers during each episode of his popular TV series, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001. The trailer alone for the new documentary on Rogers—appropriately titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor—is full of powerful Rogers quotes about his outlook on […]

Water and the word create new life: part 5 - March 15, 2018

Week 5: Our new life Prayer passage: “By the baptism of Jesus’ death and resurrection you set us free from the power of sin and death and raise us up to live in you.” Scripture reading: Romans 6:1-11. Hymn: “Sing with All the Saints in Glory” (ELW, 426). Song: “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher. […]

Water and the word create new life: part 4 - March 8, 2018

Week 4: Jesus’ baptism Prayer passage: “At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.” Scripture reading: Mark 1:9-11. Hymn: “You Are Mine” (ELW, 581). Song: “Well Pleased” by FFH. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus’ baptism happens at verse 9 of Chapter 1. The first eight verses of […]

Water and the word create new life: part 3 - March 1, 2018

Week 3: The Red Sea Prayer passage: “Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.” Scripture reading: Exodus 14:1-31. Hymn: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (ELW, 733). Song: “Let the Waters Rise” by Mikeschair. When the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt, life was not good. This was not the kind […]

Water and the word create new life: part 2 - February 22, 2018

Week 2: Creation  Prayer passage: “Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family … .” Scripture reading: Genesis 6:11-22. Hymn: “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters” (ELW, 445). Song: “Washed by the Water” by Needtobreathe. When God decided to flood the world, it was because “the earth was corrupt in […]

Water and the word create new life: part 1 - February 14, 2018

In 1523, Martin Luther wrote his Little Book of Baptism. In it, he added something he called “the flood prayer” to the baptism liturgy that was being used by the Roman Catholic Church. Today a variation of his flood prayer is included in the baptism liturgy found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW). The prayer goes […]

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