The Moment

Reflections on Shuffle-Play The Moment – by Toad the Wet Sprocket Not long ago, a friend was talking about retirement. She wasn’t talking about it in some far-off “someday” kind of way. Rather, she is actually planning to retire in a few years. We are the same age.  I have another friend who has already … More The Moment

Even the Losers

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Even the Losers By Tom Petty Tom Petty died a couple days ago. His death came right on the heels of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. In the midst of all of this, a baby was born in our congregation. Death and life – the seasons go round and round. I … More Even the Losers

Love Like We Do

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Love Like We Do Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians Last night I preached at a worship service at my alma mater – Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. It is Homecoming week there and I was pleased to be invited to go back to preach. My class is having our 25th reunion … More Love Like We Do

Betty’s Diner

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Betty’s Diner By Carrie Newcomer During seminary, I was a bartender for a few months in a tiny northern town bar. My mother needed some major surgery and so I decided to take a few months off from classes to live back at home and help out – although I’m not sure … More Betty’s Diner

Seasons of Love

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Seasons of Love Rent Soundtrack I knew this song long before my mother died, but now all I think of when I hear it is her. The winter she died, as the days grew shorter and colder, I ran at night and cried my eyes out. “In truths that she learned, or … More Seasons of Love


Reflections on Shuffle-Play Perfect By Pink I was so angry and I didn’t even know why. I was feeling jealous, competitive, spiteful, and impatient.  I didn’t want to feel any of those things, but there they were in all their ugliness. I wanted so much for that friendship to heal – why couldn’t all those … More Perfect

America’s Sweetheart

Reflections on Shuffle-Play America’s Sweetheart By Elle King I just listened to an interview with Hillary Clinton on Fresh Air. It’s wonderful to finally hear her perspective of the events surrounding the election. I have always liked Hillary Clinton a great deal. She is smart, eloquent, accomplished, and tough as nails. I can’t understand why … More America’s Sweetheart

Raise Your Glass

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Raise Your Glass By Pink I hardly ever drink alcohol anymore. This isn’t a religious decision – if you know anything about Lutherans, you know that we don’t mind drinking now and then. However, I have come to a point in life where I am able to clearly see how alcohol mostly … More Raise Your Glass