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 … Continue reading Still Be Around

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

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 … Continue reading What Matters

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 … Continue reading Everything You Want

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 … Continue reading Roll Me Away

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 … Continue reading Be Salt and Light (sermon – 2.5.17)

The Crooked Manager

Luke 16:1-13The Message (MSG) 16 1-2 Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a manager. He got reports that the manager had been taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses. So he called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? You’re fired. And I … Continue reading The Crooked Manager

Seeing the Miracle – Sermon from 6/5/16 – the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Before my Grandma Hetland’s funeral in 1984, the whole family gathered in the basement of our church while we waited for the pastor to come in and pray with us before we would be seated in the sanctuary.  I was fourteen and in addition to me and my immediate family, there were tons of my … Continue reading Seeing the Miracle – Sermon from 6/5/16 – the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Pouring out Love -Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year C

John 12:1-8 Anointing His Feet 12 1-3 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. Mary came in with a jar of … Continue reading Pouring out Love -Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year C