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The Rev. Kurt Lammi The Rev. Kurt Lammi serves as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Dog Leg Road in Dayton, Ohio. He is also author of the book "Bread for Beggars: An Anthology of Christian Poetry."

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The Rev. Kurt Lammi

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St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dayton, OH

 

Kurt Lammi serves as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Dog Leg Road in Dayton, Ohio. [www.StPaulDogLeg.org]  He is also author of the book "Bread for Beggars: An Anthology of Christian Poetry." [http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1430301724#] He lives in Vandalia, Ohio, with his wife, daughter and cat.

 


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Kurt Lammi: Why Pray?

The Rev. Kurt Lammi (ELCA)

 

A single 28-year-old woman once came into the office Katie Gohde, a Christian counselor.  The woman flopped onto the couch, crossed her arms, and confessed, "I know this sounds awful, but I hate going to church right now and the last thing I want to do is pray.  I know I'm supposed to lean on God," she added - with air quotes for emphasis - "And everyone thinks I have a really strong faith. I go to church every Sunday. I lead Bible studies and women's retreats. I've tried to live the right way, but the truth is, I'm burned out. And to be honest, I'm really ticked off at God. I've done my part. When do I get to be happy?" 

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Pastor Kurt Lammi: A Christmas Prayer

The Rev. Kurt Lammi (ELCA)

 

Good and loving God,

It's Christmas, the time we celebrate your coming - as a baby.  We all know the story.  We hear it year after year.  We sing it in song after song.  It's in our culture with trees and Santa and reindeer.  It's cute and cuddly - because everyone likes babies.  Especially a baby who will grow up and die for the sake of the world.  But, God, I must admit...I don't get it.  Why a baby?  Why a teenage mother?  Why a back corner of the middle of nowhere in a land that still has wars in your name?  Sure, I know it's about love - and I've heard that before - but I want to know why.  You see, God, a baby doesn't do much.  A baby can't do much.  When I'm suffering, struggling, sinning - when I'm trying to pull the pieces together, trying to hold my life together, trying to make some sense of what's going on, I don't need a baby.  I need a strong Savior.  I need someone who will come and heal me.  A baby can't do that.  A baby is weak, vulnerable, and needy.  Just like me.  Maybe that's why you came - to tell me you are just like me.  But what good does that do?

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February 25, 2015

Kurt Lammi: An Encouragement for Pastors from Mark 8:34-35

The Rev. Kurt Lammi (ELCA)

Mark 8:34-35: These are words we’ve heard before. We’ve preached on them before. We’ve told people of their importance before. But they are still challenging words. Even for pastors. Perhaps, I should say, especially for pastors.
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December 04, 2014

Kurt Lammi: Preaching and the Rocky Ground

The Rev. Kurt Lammi (ELCA)

Preaching is hard. You know that. I know that. It’s hard trying to come up with something fresh on the text each week. It’s especially hard because typically we don’t know what happens to the sermon after we deliver it.
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September 11, 2014

Pastor Kurt Lammi: Everything Belongs to God

The Rev. Kurt Lammi (ELCA)

Have you ever received an incredible surprise gift? I’m sure you have. Of course, we’ll say that God has given us many gifts, too, and we are grateful for all that God has provided. But when it comes to what God gives, calling them 'gifts' may not be the right word.
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July 23, 2014

Pastor Kurt Lammi: A Promise for Preachers

The Rev. Kurt Lammi (ELCA)

In Matthew 13:31-32, Jesus tells the parables about the mustard seed and the yeast. For preachers like you and me, it can be easy to talk about how these parables are subversive. It’s not just about how little things turn in to great big things. It’s more about how the Kingdom of God takes over everything around it. But it can still be difficult for preachers like us to believe it.