1. The McIntires’ Safari: Chapter 3


    November 5, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    Smiles Beach Hotel, Nungwi, Zanzibar

    Zanzibar cruises in my imagination like the triangular sails of a fishing dhow following the white sand beach of the island. Cinnamon, cloves, saffron, and Sinbad the sailor spice the mental images I have of this exotic island.

  2. Reformation Reminder

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    October 24, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    The Luther Rose

    This is the center of Lutheran theology, “We are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith, which comes from the hearing of God’s promises in the Word.”

  3. The McIntires’ Safari: Chapter 2

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    October 15, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    Monica & PB waiting to board our tiny plane at Dar es Salaam's airport

    At 5:30am, Monica and I, fortified by PowerBars, climbed into Frank Mwakatundu’s van…

  4. The McIntires’ Safari: Chapter 1


    October 12, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    Amsterdam Airport

    It’s a strange feeling, stepping into a foreign place, stepping onto a continent where you’ve never been before…

  5. Kwa Jina la Baba, na la Mwana, na la Roho Mtakatifu


    September 23, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    Processional at Udinda Lutheran Church

    Saturday found us finally making our way to our companion congregation in Lupembe. We were greeted by church members who guided us, singing, into the church for a welcome ceremony…

  6. Trail of Breadcrumbs

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    July 31, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    Koi pond

    It’s August, and that means five weeks in a row when the Gospel readings in the lectionary come from John, chapter six which are all about bread.

  7. Freedom From Fear


    June 27, 2015 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    This Independence Day, as we gather to celebrate the birth of our nation and the freedom we hold so dear as American citizens, my prayers will be for the Spirit’s guidance to learn to be united as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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