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May 30, 2018

“God Knows Our Needs!” June 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“God Knows Our Needs!” Most of us who grew up Lutheran spent some time studying Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Others of us who have come to the Lutheran church later in life may have received a copy of the Catechism with the instructions, “Spend some time reading through this so you know some of the […]

April 30, 2018

Let’s ‘CONNECT!’ May 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

Let’s ‘CONNECT!’ St. John’s participated in the “Spirited Brunch” visitation of downtown churches on Sunday, April 22. This “Spirited Brunch” event is in its second year and during 2018 there were 21 churches participating. The event asked churches participating to remain open from 12:30 PM till 3:30 PM for visitors to come tour the sanctuary. […]

March 29, 2018

“This Is No Joke!” April 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“This Is No Joke!” The calendar is not helping me out any this year. The Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Sunday) falls on April 1, a day normally known as April Fool’s Day. How many times have you been ‘pranked’ by April Fool’s Day jokes? How often have you shared some silly little joke and […]

March 2, 2018

“One Foot In Front Of The Other” March 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“One Foot In Front Of The Other” It’s a rather old piece of advice, but the way to get to any destination is ‘place one foot in front of the other’ and start moving. That’s the way we get from point A to point B, whether in life, job, or just about any other aspect […]

January 29, 2018

“A Spiritual Check-Up” February 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“A Spiritual Check-Up” My family has a history of heart disease. It was probably present with several grandparents, but it became all too apparent when my father had a heart attack and blockages that required bypass surgery (twice). When my internist learned of this family history, he began tracking my own markers for cardiovascular disease. […]

January 11, 2018

“A Slight Pause As We Enter 2018” January 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“A Slight Pause As We Enter 2018” My first car was a used 1972 Camaro. It had a small eight cylinder engine. The engine was elementary enough that I could do some of my own repair and maintenance work. I could change the spark plugs, change the oil, adjust the timing belt, and even replace […]

December 1, 2017

“What Will They Say” December 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“What Will They Say?” In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to […]

October 31, 2017

‘The Anniversary Intersection’ November 2017 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

I grew up in Columbia, SC. By the time I was in high school and certainly by college, I had heard of “Five Points.” It was an area located near the University of South Carolina where five roads intersected and created a hustling, bustling area of shops, bars, and restaurants. Everybody knew where Five Points […]

August 31, 2016

An Update: ELCA Churchwide Assembly by Pastor Butler – September 2016

During the week of August 8-13, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.  Gathering under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action”, the Assembly met to discuss and vote on significant items of ministry and administration.  Presiding […]

August 2, 2016

These Are Your Favorites by Pastor Butler August 2016

These Are Your Favorites! Have you ever been someplace where they ask you, “Well, what’s your favorite?”  The question might involve an ice cream flavor or a hamburger restaurant.  It doesn’t really matter what the question pertains to… for almost all of us have a favorite everything.  That’s certainly true as it applies to the […]