Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

To Walk and To Pray

There are certain expectations of piety regarding preachers in Protestant tradition. More than once I have shaken hands with a man who has looked at me in surprise. “Your hands are rough like someone who works for a living!” Usually followed by a nervous smile in the realization that somehow it has been implied that I don’t work for a living. I let it go and explain that I have a house, five children who drive and a small fleet of mostly old vehicles that I maintain. The common expectation of my life is one of sitting at a desk and reading (which I also do.) Modern technologies give me a freedom of space that my predecessors would not have. The common joke of the “job requirement” of a pasto