Jesus redeems and restores. He gives identity. He gives purpose and responsibility. He creates community. He loves self-sacrificially and teaches his people to do the same.
I know these truths not only because scripture says them, I know them because this is what Jesus does for me. Jesus has given me a place in his kingdom where I get to live out and share his grace by being a husband, father, son, brother, friend, cyclist, musician, citizen of California, and among other roles, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church. As pastor of Immanuel it is my prayer that I get the chance to share the grace of Jesus with you. Together we can take care of the people that are in our lives everyday while we tend to God's good creation.