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It’s been about two years since Thomas first walked into my Bible class at the prison. In the months that followed, I soon discovered that he was a sincere seeker of truth, one in whom the Holy Spirit was already at work. Having been baptized, and at least for a time, brought up in a Lutheran church, he already had a basic understanding of...
“On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, ‘While the child was still living, we spoke to David, but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” David noticed that his servants were whispering...
Recently, I was reminded of a line from one of my favorite hymns of how we all work together to spread God’s love. For many years we have partnered with the Anderson Prison Ministry family who have supplied us with New Testament Bibles for our work in the jails and prisons throughout the state of Wisconsin. In recent years however, the...
Sharing the Word of God with the institutionalized can sometimes take us to unforeseen places, where traumatized souls suffer from old wounds that have never fully healed. Such was the journey I recently found myself embarking upon with some women at the county jail.   We were studying the story of Peter as he attempted to do the...
Somebody shared this quote with me recently: “God, give me patience and compassion for people who sin differently from me.” I appreciate that take on viewing other people’s messes. Instead of being like that Pharisee in the Bible, “I thank you, God, that I’m not like other people” (Luke 18:11), it acknowledges...
Recently, one of my fellow chaplains shared a discussion she had in a Bible study at the jail. The ladies were all wondering about the expression upon Jesus’ face, and it got me thinking — just what did people see when they looked at Jesus?   For instance, what did Peter see when he stared into the face of Jesus walking...