Category Archives: Reflections

Living Lutheran at Micron

The congregation I serve, Trinity Lutheran Church, spent May lifting up ministry in daily life. Preparations for that emphasis led to an invitation to Micron Technologies, an important business/institution here in The Treasure Valley.  I met them at Building 37 … Continue reading

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Soldier Lutheran Church Memories

My first-call congregation, Soldier Lutheran in Soldier, Iowa, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its town church this past Memorial Day Weekend. I did not make it back for the  celebration but I was asked to send some memories which could … Continue reading

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Synod Vitality

The Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod Assembly met in Boise May 17-19 and one of the best parts of Assembly was sitting at the Synod Vitality Coalition table. Coalition team-member Pastors Matt Erickson and Meggan Manlove presented on the hopes and dreams of … Continue reading

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Podcasts and History

I came late to the world of podcasts. I still have not listened to Serial. In some ways I am an unusual podcast fan. The selection of radio stations in my hometown of Custer, SD was minimal. On the other … Continue reading

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The Table at Buffalo Alice

The first congregation I served is preparing to celebrate an anniversary and they asked me to share some memories from my time there. That had me thinking about the entire experience of first-call, including the group of colleagues who walked … Continue reading

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Ministry in Daily Life

Pastor’s Column for May, 2019 Epistle Dear Friends in Christ, In May, we are lifting up ministry in daily life. In truth, this is what we do all year long. There are many quotes out there on the internet falsely … Continue reading

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Storytelling-My Renewal-Preview

“What makes your heart sing?” That’s the question everyone is asked when they apply for a Lilly Grant to fund his or her sabbatical. For me the answer was stories–novels, a story by a parishioner or friend or family member, … Continue reading

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