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Pastor Dave Scharf

Pastor Dave Scharf

Dave Scharf grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin, and served as pastor in Greenville, Wisconsin, from 2005 until 2015. He is currently a professor of theology at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their six children.

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Living My Faith

Why do we always confess our sins?

Most people like to think positive thoughts and be surrounded by positive people. If you’ve been to a church recently, perhaps you’ve wondered why…

Living My Faith

You want me to believe what?!

Reason is a gift of God. Reason aids us in understanding, if only partially, the beauty of God’s creation. However, if reason is misused…

Who is God?

The real Valentine’s love

Today is Valentine’s Day. For many, Valentine’s Day has become a Hallmark holiday filled with sappy sentiment and red hearts … everywhere. But the…

Living My Faith

A victor’s crown

Would you sacrifice your life for your spouse? Of course! But would you sacrifice your pride or your preferences? Sometimes not. Are you willing…

Life’s Challenges

Good cuts from an expert

A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a…

Friends & Family

What a relief!

I remember being lost once when I was young. I was at a department store with my mother. I walked along very contentedly behind…

Friends & Family

This little light of mine

A little boy forgot his lines in a Christmas program. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed…

Bible 101

Worship with the wise men

Everyone celebrates Christmas. We give and get gifts. Everyone celebrates Easter. We hide Easter baskets around the house. How many of us celebrate Epiphany?…

Who is God?

God is on your side

Frederick Douglass said, “One and God make a majority.” The idea is that in the face of insurmountable odds, even if you only have…

Bible 101

What will I look like?

Do you remember when you were a child and saw a present under the Christmas tree and tried to figure out what was in…

Who is God?

A place for me!

Have you ever seen the movie The Passion of the Christ? One scene sticks out for me. When Jesus died, there were two thieves…

Life’s Challenges

An antidote for sin

Read about God bringing Israel out of slavery in Egypt and you’ll notice a frustrating refrain: “Israel grumbled against the Lord.” How could they…