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 […]

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 […]

Running With the Wolves

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Running With the Wolves – Cloud Cult The nights were so quiet there. Seven miles from one town, eight from another – our closest neighbors were cows, coyotes, and wild hogs. The Texas sun nearly melted our Minnesota bones many times over – so when I wanted to run, I ran at […]

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 […]

Still Be Around

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Still be Around – Uncle Tupelo This was the song playing in my mind when I woke up this morning. It is important to pay attention to the songs running through your mind – particularly if they come to you in your dreams. I’m not sure why this one visited me, but […]

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 […]

What Matters

Reflections on Shuffle-Play What Matters by Matthew Sweet My children go back to school tomorrow. After a long, beautiful summer filled with lazy days, sleeping in, camp, movies, one tonsillectomy, one trip to Norway, sleepovers, too many video games and TV shows, it is time to start a different routine. Right now, it’s hard to […]

Everything You Want

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Everything You Want – Vertical Horizon Jealousy sucks. I’ve been struggling with it so much lately, too, and I can recognize how it poisons me. I agree with the writer of Proverbs who wrote that “envy rots the bones.” (14:30) I wonder what the root of jealousy is? Elizabeth Bowen wrote, “Jealousy is […]

Roll Me Away

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Roll Me Away – Bob Seger One of the best things about listening to music while running is how it transports my mind to a different place. Instead of thinking about my breathing or how much longer I have left to go, good music makes the miles fly by. I have had […]

Be Salt and Light (sermon – 2.5.17)

Our church book group has read some really interesting books in the last couple years. Books about human trafficking, a Swedish novel, memoirs of Scandinavian settlers in the upper Midwest, a riveting commentary on end-of-life issues called “Being Mortal” – and one of my favorites was the book, “Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss. It’s […]