Category Archives: Reflections

Interviewed by Latter-day Saints

I first met Nampa resident Kim Kellar my first spring here when a local LDS stake hosted a midweek Lenten soup supper and worship. Journeying with Mormons through Lent was as weird as it sounds but the conversation with Kim … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for Night Sky

Originally posted on Last week I spent a few days at Luther Heights Bible Camp, between Stanley and Ketchum, with a friend. We were there to contribute, specifically to lead staff training sessions. But there are always gifts received … Continue reading

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Storytelling for City Council

A letter written to Nampa’s City Council, asking them to support a Conditional Use Permit for an affordable housing development. The Council denied the request for Copper Depot. Read the coverage of the 5-1 vote in our local newspaper. May … Continue reading

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Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

It is always an interesting experience to pray at the Kiwanis Club’s annual Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast in Nampa. This was I think my third time leading a prayer. Kudos to Doug Armstrong (former exec of KTVB and current Chaplain … Continue reading

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May Column

May 2021 Column for Trinity Lutheran, Nampa Epistle Dear Friends in Christ,       This Easter Season we are making our way through the letter of First John. The letter contains such iconic lines as these: “If we say we have no … Continue reading

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Prayer and Justice

Originally posted on On April 9 the church and world remembered German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who died in the Flossenbürg concentration camp on that day in 1945. I shared this Bonhoeffer quote, posted by the Lutheran World … Continue reading

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Nampa City Council Invocation – April 5, 2021

Holy God, we give thanks for this day of grace and for gathering us from different corners of this city to do the work you have put before us.  Before we begin this holy work, we pray for your mercy. Forgive … Continue reading

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Proximity with the Marginalized

Originally posted on A Rewriting of Psalm 113: Praise the Lord! You who try to faithfully serve the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. Praise Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Holy Spirit, Redeemer, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Savior, Healer, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on I have found myself needing rest and enjoying rest in new ways. My body, mind and spirit are occasionally beyond tired—really weary. Sometimes I thankfully have moments, usually when I am in conversation with lay people … Continue reading

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Originally published on “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature. This Emerson quote has always resonated with me. My family … Continue reading

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