Sunrise, Sunset

Reflections on Shuffle Play Sunrise, Sunset – Fiddler on the Roof Soundtrack And they are off. I got my babies up early and onto the bus and another school year has begun. I woke up with the song, “Sunrise, Sunset” going through my mind. It is a bit sad and melancholic – like my mood […]

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 […]

Rest and Grace (sermon – July 9, 2017)

Last Tuesday, the Fourth of July, was a blissfully inactive day at our house. It was one of those rare, precious days when we were all at home the whole day. We made no plans for any of it and just did what we wanted – which, for me, included about three movies, a walk, […]

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 […]

The Day After Christmas

A blizzard sweeps across the fields I won’t go to the church today. My 200-foot commute is unnecessary As no one will be coming by my office. If I am needed, they will call me. Today, I stay at home and pray – exercise, watch a movie, read, and write. It’s a mandatory day of […]

A Pastor’s Christmas Eve Prayer

I’m listening. Still my spirit. Still the voices in my head. Let me hear You. Directing my deeds. Directing my words. Directing my days. This Christmas Eve. Every day. Every year. The chatter is loud inside my head – Presents to wrap! Sermon to practice! Chores to do! Christmas chatter. So I pray for ease […]

Like a Mustard Seed…

At the church I served in Texas, we lived about seven miles out in the country. Out my kitchen window I could see the parish hall of the church about fifty paces to the east. A rock fence, painstakingly put in place by the first Norwegian settlers surrounded the perimeter of the church and cemetery. […]

Lenten Discipline

During the church season of Lent, it isn’t uncommon to hear church-y folks talk about a “Lenten discipline”.  Well, at least I know some pastors talk about it and in the liturgy for Ash Wednesday, the congregation will often pledge to commit to the discipline of Lent: repentance, prayer, fasting, and works of love as […]