Category Archives: Reflections

Gifts of the CSA

Originally published on tvprays.org July 23, 2020. Shortly after everything shifted due to the pandemic, that was back in March here in Southwest Idaho, I realized that there was a good chance I would not be traveling much this summer. … Continue reading

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We Are the Letters

Originally published July 7, 2020 on tvprays.org “What comes next?” That’s the line King George’s character sings in his second appearance in the Broadway Musical Hamilton, after the Battle of Yorktown. “You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it … Continue reading

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July 12, 2020

Prayer of the Day Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and … Continue reading

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Summer Scripture or RCL

July Epistle Column Dear Friends in Christ, There is a whole lot that I am not sure of about the rest of this summer, but one thing I do know is which books of the Bible we will be hearing … Continue reading

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Soul Friends

Soul Friends (originally posted on tvprays.org June 18, 2020) I have been pondering all the kinds of relationships that we are part of and need. We are relational by nature, even those of us who are more introverted. I need … Continue reading

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Time for Deep Listening

(Pastor’s Column for Trinity Epistle, June 2020) Dear Friends in Christ, Of all the things that the time of the pandemic is, and there are plenty of descriptors, it could also be a  time of deep listening. In the midst … Continue reading

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Anti-racism Learning in Southwest Idaho

I am writing this specifically for my congregants at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nampa, Idaho. Anyone who knows how to do a search on the internet can find a list of articles or books to read, films to watch, or … Continue reading

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Empathy, Curiosity, and Hope

Originally posted on tvprays.org June 3, 2020 I have been thinking a lot about how we do not allow ourselves or one another to hold two truths together at the same time. That is not very helpful and leaves little … Continue reading

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Summer of Baseball….Movies

Dr. Osterholm has become one of my trusted sources when it comes to COVID-19. This Iowa native and Luther College graduate runs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. When I listened to his … Continue reading

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What Worship Would Look Like

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Lutheran, Nampa, Idaho Governor Brad Little began gradually lifting the Stay at Home Order and included churches in Stage One of Rebound Idaho, congregational leaders (pastors and lay people) in the ELCA Treasure Valley … Continue reading

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