Church of the Abiding Savior, Lutheran

1625 S. Alston Avenue Durham NC

Talking about Grace

7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? –Luke 18:7 Please note that this is a confession, more than it is an informative article. It may be fueled by COVID depression, or it may just be cultural burnout. But […]

The Guiding Star

9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy—Matthew 2:9-10 I am always amazed at how easy […]

The Gift Exchange

Titus 2:11-14 11The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14It is he […]

The Challenge of Staying

I started off great. I joined in the panel discussions, attended the classes and webinars, did some advocacy work, and promoted the website to others. There was an energy in the work. Engaging with the Racial Justice Network was challenging and rewarding. Now that the initial energy has worn off, I find it harder to […]

The Peace of God: Identity

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your […]

Who Is My Enemy?

 73This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:  74to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship you without fear,  75holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. 76And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,  for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way, 77to give God’s people knowledge of salvation  by […]

Thanking God for Fellowship

1 Thessalonians 3:9-10 9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. This is what Thanksgiving is about. We […]

Big Water

3The waters have lifted up, O Lord, the waters have lifted up their voice;  the waters have lifted up their pounding waves. 4Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea,  mightier is the Lord who dwells on high. —Psalm 93:3-4 Being a disaster relief volunteer brings me face to face with what this psalmist is talking about: the mighty […]

Being Woke

There is a lot of talk floating around social media these days about “being woke.” Some are using that term as an insult, assuming that someone who is “woke” is simply embracing a liberal agenda and worthy of ridicule. Others are using the term as some sort of label just to categorize people onto groups […]


6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples  a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,  of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7And he will destroy on this mountain  the shroud that is cast over all peoples,  the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever.—Isaiah 25:6-8a […]