Even If

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the daily exercise to write a reflection based on a song from that morning’s run) There are two pivotal words in the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The words are “even if.” If you grew up in the church you likely have known this Bible story most of your life. … More Even If

Sermon – Where Do You Find Your Peace? (10/8/17)

  When I was reading the scripture for today from Philippians and how Paul writes that he counts all his accomplishments and credentials as nothing next to the beauty of knowing Christ, I was reminded of the story of Saint Francis of Assissi. Saint Francis was the son of wealthy parents. In fact, his father … More Sermon – Where Do You Find Your Peace? (10/8/17)

What Brings You Life? (Sermon – 10/2/17)

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates … More What Brings You Life? (Sermon – 10/2/17)

What to do When You Just Can’t Get Along… (sermon – 9/10/17)

For the better part of two years, she didn’t speak to me. When I saw her at church or downtown, she pretended not to see me. She skipped the line to shake my hand after worship. I suppose I’m normal in that I hate conflict – I loathe it with the fire of a thousand … More What to do When You Just Can’t Get Along… (sermon – 9/10/17)

Roots – (White Supremacy is Sin. Say it. Sermon 8/20/2017)

Grace and peace to you on this Lord’s day. On our trip to Norway these past couple weeks, there were 34 people plus a guide who led us through the mountains, valleys, and fjords of the southern part of Norway. It was meaningful for me to see the places where my own family members had … More Roots – (White Supremacy is Sin. Say it. Sermon 8/20/2017)

A Happy New Year (sermon for the First Sunday of Christmas)

When my youngest son, Jesse, was a baby – only about three months old, my mom got very sick and was sent to the hospital in Saint Cloud. My dad’s health was so poor he couldn’t be there with her and with St. Cloud being a couple hours from our hometown she didn’t have any … More A Happy New Year (sermon for the First Sunday of Christmas)