September 5

We Are Not Just Persons

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We are not just persons, but a people.

In our time and place, the individual is championed above all else. Our sin and society push us towards isolation in ways we do not even realize. This can creep into our faith, leading us to think of our faith as something between "just God and me." However, the Biblical and Christian message has always pointed to something different. We see that in Jesus' death and resurrection, our relationships have been redeemed. Now we are not just many separate persons, but rather A People. This blesses us with a community like no other and also gives us the responsibility of investing in and caring for our fellow members of the body.


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About the speaker

David Langewisch

First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, my heart's desire is to simply be a servant of Christ, used by him to help people experience fullness of life in him. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from Lutheran schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, Lynn, and four children, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, I will count it a blessing.

David Langewisch

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