Sunday Morning

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection based on a song from that morning’s run) I didn’t lead worship today. I get a few Sundays off each year and while it is nice to have a Sunday now and then to not extend the mental energy toward preparing a sermon and not … More Sunday Morning

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

Okay, God, What Next? (a sermon from June 28, 2015)

I was ordained almost sixteen years ago.  I had a shiny new call in hand from a little church in Western New York and planned the ordination service at my home church – Good Shepherd Lutheran in Henning, Minnesota.  My pastor from all my growing up years, Rev. Darrell Vetter, preached.  Bishop Arlen Hermodson of … More Okay, God, What Next? (a sermon from June 28, 2015)

The Church

I spend a lot of time trying to understand the church. There are so many things I love about the church.  Here, I will list just a few: 1.  I love the stained glass and the old architecture of churches.  When churches are busy and full of life, that is great, but I’m also partial … More The Church

Jesus Crush

I used to have a crush on Jesus. Perhaps that is the best way to put it – that time in my life when I was in eighth grade and first went head over heels for the Gospel.  Was it the gospel or was it the cute camp counselor who dressed up in a sheet … More Jesus Crush