Thanks for visiting my website! My name is Johnold Strey. I’ve been privileged to serve God’s people at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Hubertus (Richfield), Wisconsin, since 2016. I’ve served as a pastor in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod since my ordination into the ministry in 2001.
On this website, I post articles and comments about Lutheran theology, especially as it applies to my strongest area of interest, which is public worship. I also post information that specifically pertains to my congregation, Crown of Life Lutheran Church. You’ll find these posts on the blog page. The sermons page will link you to audio and video recordings of sermons that I and others have preached at Crown of Life. The resources page contains various essays, articles, media files, and resources I’ve put together through the years. Finally, the book page includes information about the book I authored in 2021, Christian Worship: God Gives His Gospel Gifts. The book’s title is also the reason for this website’s name, Gospel Gifts.
I hope the resources you find here are useful and edifying. Thanks again for visiting!
Romans 1:16. I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
1 Corinthians 2:2. I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Colossians 3:16. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
Ephesians 5:19. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
Hebrews 10:25. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.