Author Archives: Paul Harris

About Paul Harris

Pastor Harris retired from congregational ministry after 40 years in office on 31 December 2023. He is now devoting himself to being a husband, father, and grandfather. He still thinks cenobitic monasticism is overrated and cave dwelling under.

Impacted by Which Spirit?

I attended a virtual service of Impact Family Church, Austin on Sunday, June 19, 2022. I started with the service for that day and my computer crashed while livestreaming, so I switched to the Sunday before. This was serendipitous if … Continue reading

Posted in Ablaze, Contemporary Worship, Missouri Megatrends

It’s the 1980s Calling….

Visiting Our Savior Lutheran Church, Austin, is like stepping back into 1980’s Missouri Synod. Before the liturgy, vestments, and creeds were completely thrown out. When contemporary music was starting to filter in;  when the emphasis was on giving and evangelizing; … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Worship, Families, Missouri Megatrends

Mixed Messages – Visit to Holy Cross Lutheran Church (LCMS), College Station, Texas

Paul’s warnings about trumpets giving uncertain sounds (I Cor. 14:9), go unheeded by the modern church. Entering Holy Cross, College Station, Texas new sanctuary in April 2022, my sensory impressions were all sound stage not church. They have paid little … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Worship, General, Missouri Megatrends

Carrie Underwood Does Church Better: Visit to another Non-denom

All the markings are there: the Untuckit shirt, the ironed jeans, save for no high-dollar, colored tennis shoes. He wore boots. Fitting for Bryan, Texas. But of all the churches out there who fly the colors of not being sure … Continue reading

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Rick Perry Leads the Way into the Brave New World

This blog is a follow up to the September 9, 2019 blog “Let’s Get Chemical” and it carries the warnings and advisories of the June 29, 2021 blog “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. So you might want to read these before … Continue reading

Posted in For Anyone who dares, For Pastors Only

Dialog between Pauline and a Pastor

Christian News published this in late 2022.  It’s 21 pages long. This really is only for those who dare, but for those who do I think there is insight into those who came of age with the smartphone a given.

Posted in For Anyone who dares

More on Porn

Danger – Close (I titled this so, so I could remember what the draft was about. I am not for shortening sins. Porn for pornography is like living together for adultery, or sleeping together for fornicating. There is wisdom in … Continue reading

Posted in Families, For Anyone who dares

Giving Away the Farm

About the time the article below was written, Winter 1993, I contacted what once passed for Google: the reference librarian. You’d call up your local library ask to speak with him and ask anything. I called up and wanted to … Continue reading

Posted in Missouri Megatrends

Visit to Divine Savior Church, Liberty Hill, Texas – Field of Dreams

This is a ‘mission’ start of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). You wouldn’t know this except for it saying so on the front cover the bulletin, in tiny print, but more prominently on their web page . I … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Worship, Missouri Megatrends

The Juggernaut that is Civil Religion

In my first 10 years preaching on Sanctity of Life Sunday, I appealed to numbers. The numbers didn’t lie, but showed the enormity of what America was doing to itself via abortion on demand. Even in small states like Louisiana … Continue reading

Posted in Families, Missouri Megatrends