Both my grandmother and my mom were prayer warriors. I doubt if anyone brought my name before the Lord more than the two of them. Many of you could say the same thing about the women close to you. Praying moms have pleaded with God for the souls, safety, supply, and security of their children since before the time of Hannah of old (1 Samuel 1–2).

In days following Mother’s Day, what better way could you honor your mom than by following her example and praying for her?

“Honor your father and your mother” Exodus 20:12

1. “God, help her not to grow weary in doing well.” She’s…


Last week was fun in the exceedingly small world of Lunchtime Musing. Not everyone agreed and some disagreed vehemently with my assertion that it neither honors God nor women to task females with the responsibility of subduing violent men. I don’t have a problem with disagreement. What I have a problem with is dismissal.

I am just a middle-aged man at a keyboard pastoring a small congregation in middle-America, so it matters nothing if people dismiss me, but when people dismiss God, that is concerning. When Christians dismiss God, this is of greatest concern. …


We saw it happen. We wish we hadn’t. Daunte Wright died Sunday, April 11, 2021 from a single gunshot wound fired by Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer Kim Potter.

Daunte Wright should not have died that day. And Kim Potter should not have been at the scene because Kim Potter is a female, and no woman should be the arresting officer of any man nor involved in the apprehension of any man. God did not create women to subdue violent men.

We all know Wright was stopped for a traffic violation. Soon the officers discovered Wright was wanted on outstanding…


For many of us we learned the words early in our elementary education as we recited with our classmates the American Pledge of Allegiance, but we did not need the text of our vow to introduce us to the idea of justice. From youngest days we demanded equity and impartiality often housed in the phrase, “That’s not fair.”

Those three little words were our initial plea for justice or at least justice as we perceived it.

In the Twin Cities of my state of Minnesota and in my hometown of Chicago as well as across our great nation, there is…


A dead shepherd can’t feed his sheep. He can’t lead his sheep, and he cannot protect his sheep. Without a living shepherd, the sheep scatter and are vulnerable. A dead shepherd is of no value to living sheep.

Last weekend, our church and Christians across the globe remembered our Lord’s Death on Good Friday and celebrated our Lord’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday. Sunday was a jubilant day filled with Bible reading, hymn singing, and the pronouncement, “He is risen!” …


For most United States churches this Sunday will mark two years since its last Easter celebration. Think about it, there are new believers who have yet to gather with other Christians on Easter Sunday. There are children who were toddlers the last time the church came together on Easter Sunday. Now a little older, these four and five-year-olds will learn from their parents, pastors, and Sunday School teachers initial lessons on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

With them, we will celebrate the most important truth of our Christian faith, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and…


My dad laughed like Muttley, the cartoon sidekick of villain Dick Dasterdly. The dog’s mischievous, wheezing laughter mimicked my dad’s when he was teasing my kids, beating them in a game of Chutes and Ladders, or laying down a winning hand in card games with my extended family. It’s a great laugh. Make sure you follow the link to hear it.

If my dad were alive, today would be his 80th birthday.

My family never lived closer than 300 miles from my parents. My parents did everything they could to build the relationship their grandchildren despite the distance.

My mom loved to celebrate birthdays. As the oldest child of two hard working, blue collar people, I don’t think her young birthdays were as monumental as so…


Seemingly overnight, nearly every church changed one year ago. Ours did too. “Two weeks to flatten the curve” became three months of an empty building on Sunday morning, minimal contact between church members, no Good Friday worship or corporate Easter celebration, no children’s or youth ministries, and no sharing in the Lord’s Table.

What have we learned? What was the result? I suspect we have yet to see the full impact on our communities, our families, and our church. And we have not learned all that we will learn over time. …


Before the United States congress is the Equality Act. When the bill which supports LGBTQ rights first came to congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi in promotion of the bill said, “this is not about tolerance…tolerance is” an offensive word. The reality is when it comes to LGBTQ lifestyles all must conform, and all must celebrate sexual choices and sexual identities.

There is not much to be done politically about the bill. I will voice my disapproval to Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL — MN) and to Senator Tina Smith (DFL — MN), but my voice will not count for much. My senators…


Earlier today outside a circuit court hearing, a mother wept as the judge handed down the 10-year sentence to her son. The young man told his mom he didn’t want her in the chamber when the deputies escorted him from the courtroom. The Christian sister has a broken heart.

As they advance past middle age, life is not unfolding as they planned. There will be no early retirement traveling to warmer climates, helping to carpool the grandchildren, or sharing in a mid-week Bible study. …

Mike Verway

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