Here are the Blogs in the Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Recently, I was asked to write a BLOG post for the Center for U.S. Missions. You can visit their web site here: http://www.centerforusmissions.com
Here is the article I wrote for C4USM
I have been Pastor of my current congregation for four years. From the day I accepted ...Read More...
Posted on 06/15/2017 9:49 AM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
During the Easter season our first reading is from the book of Acts. It provides us with a kind of a time warp to life after the Ascension. This coming Sunday our first reading is Acts 2:42-47. I invite you to drill down into these five verses and consider your life in Christ and our life together as ...Read More...
Posted on 05/03/2017 9:59 PM by Rev. Daniel P. Czaplewski
Friday, 7 April 2017
Starting on Palm Sunday (April 9, 2017), Mount Calvary will be going live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mtcalvaryMKE/) and on this web site (http://mtcalvary-mke.org/custpage.cfm/frm/152029/sec_id/152029). As part of this new presence on the Web, I will be posting some things here to think about ...Read More...
Posted on 04/07/2017 9:49 AM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
I recently completed an Every Member Visit with 34 families of our congregation. The purpose of these visits was to discern our future direction as well as our current capacity. I had a set of questions that guided our discussion and helped me to learn some specific things about this Church. It was ...Read More...
Posted on 04/19/2016 8:23 AM by Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Czaplewski
Thursday, 28 January 2016
I like to read. Almost everything I read is non-fiction related to my interests in the Church, theology, education, leadership, and culture. I know I'm weird, and for many people that kind of reading wouldn't be recreation, it would be torture.
That being said, I want to tell you a little bit about ...Read More...
Posted on 01/28/2016 7:59 AM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Monday, 11 January 2016
When I was in grade school, I had a subject called "Arithmetic." I found spelling the word, "Arithmetic," harder than working the problems. I learned to spell "Arithmetic" after someone taught me a silly sentence: "A rat in the house may eat the ice cream." To this day, I can only spell "arithmetic" ...Read More...
Posted on 01/11/2016 2:42 PM by Pastor Daniel P. Czaplewski
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
If you have ever watched a play from back stage, you know that things look very different from a different perspective. A play, after all, is produced so that it will be viewed from the audience's point of view not from back stage.
Most of us recognize how important what happens behind the scenes ...Read More...
Posted on 01/05/2016 1:10 PM by Pastor Daniel P. Czaplewski
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
A couple of weeks ago I had a reminder of why I love being a Pastor at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. It was a really, really good day; it was a one-of-a-kind day. If anyone who reads this has ever had a day like this, please respond because I think more people need to hear about why being a Pastor ...Read More...
Posted on 09/02/2015 11:22 AM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Thursday, 9 July 2015
A few of you are old enough to remember "The Four Spiritual Laws" from Campus Crusade for Christ. Reading this tract from a Lutheran point of view presents a few problems. There are also some worthwhile points in these pages.
Below this article, you should see an illustration I first saw in "The ...Read More...
Posted on 07/09/2015 10:08 AM by Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Czaplewski
Friday, 26 June 2015
Yesterday my heart was full. You my ask, "full of what?" Good question a little background information is in order.
I have two sons. The oldest is 27 and living on his own in Florida; the youngest is 14 and about to begin High School here in Milwaukee. My oldest son is an artist; he received his ...Read More...
Posted on 06/26/2015 6:37 PM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Monday, 19 January 2015
Today kids and teachers have off from school, banks and government offices are closed, and there is no mail. We are remembering the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.
There is so much to remember about Dr. King and he is an ongoing source of inspiration for people around the world. ...Read More...
Posted on 01/19/2015 9:54 AM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Saturday, 10 January 2015
I have been a part of a lot of teams in my life. When I was younger, I participated in sports and I saw how a good team could make individuals better. As an adult, I coached sports teams and found that team "chemistry" had more to do with success than the individual skill levels of the players. Today, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/10/2015 10:30 AM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The History Channel recently produced an info graphic: "New Year's by the Numbers." Among the interesting facts I noticed was that 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions. The most popular resolutions are losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, staying fit and healthy, ...Read More...
Posted on 12/31/2014 9:05 AM by Pastor Daniel P. Czaplewski
Thursday, 11 September 2014
That date requires no explanation. I'm sure that almost every reader remembers where he or she was on the morning of September 11, 2001. The events of that date in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania live in our national consciousness. The world changed on 9/11 and most of us sensed the dramatic ...Read More...
Posted on 09/11/2014 10:13 PM by Dr. Daniel P. Czaplewski
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
During the 1993-94 season I coached basketball at Faith Lutheran School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our team won the state Lutheran tournament in Florida and received a bid to play in the Lutheran National Tournament in Valparaiso, Indiana. That season was a glorious ride and I will never forget those ...Read More...
Posted on 09/03/2014 8:10 AM by Pastor Daniel P. Czaplewski
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Mount Calvary recently concluded our Vacation Bible School and I was the leader for our opening and closing worship times. Don't worry, I didn't have to sing we had DVD's for that! The greatest joy I had during the week of VBS was to see the preschool students time singing and doing the motions to ...Read More...
Posted on 07/29/2014 12:46 PM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Have you ever experienced the effects of a poison? It may have been an accidental contact with an unknown substance or food poisoning or a brush against a plant (like poison ivy). We have probably all been poisoned to greater or lesser degree at least once in our lives.
Poisons are all around us. ...Read More...
Posted on 06/26/2014 3:25 PM by Daniel P. Czaplewski
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Forty years ago today (June 9, 1974) I graduated from Martin Luther High School here in greater Milwaukee. I guess that makes me officially old, but it gave me cause to reflect on the past four decades.
I remember parts of that day like they were yesterday. I recall that Dr. Walter W. Stuenkel, the ...Read More...
Posted on 06/10/2014 4:56 PM by Pastor Dan Czaplewski
Friday, 23 May 2014
We all recognize the indispensable value of natural resources. As Christians, we count the natural resources of this earth among the blessings God showers on us. They are part of His answer to our prayer "give us this day our daily bread."
God also gives us unnatural resources. That is, He provides ...Read More...
Posted on 05/23/2014 8:05 AM by Rev. Daniel P. Czaplewski
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Do you have any good habits? Are you in the habit of eating right, exercising, having a daily quiet time or personal devotion? Good habits serve good purposes.
I read somewhere that most habits can serve good purposes. Habits work like this: A habit is something we do with very little thought. ...Read More...
Posted on 04/03/2014 1:26 PM by Daniel P. Czaplewski