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

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)

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

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)

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

Perfect

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