Category Archives: Reflections

7 Encounters at the Youth Gathering

Leah Schade’s article in Patheos paints a beautiful portrait of what the ELCA Gathering was this year for people coming from places (such as her home, Kentucky, and my home, Idaho) where ELCA Lutherans are not the majority. My colleague … Continue reading

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Jesus Changes Everything

Checked out of our hotel Took our last trip on the Metro Worshiped at NRG: heard Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preach and communed with over 30,000 friends Boarded the bus and started the journey home Stopped for dinner and a … Continue reading

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God’s Hope Changes Everything

Brunch at Harry’s A trip to Hermann Park and the zoo gift shop The Interaction Center Another amazing night in the stadium

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God’s Love Changes Everything

June 28th 2018 We all woke up in the Whitewall Hotel, where our denomination booked out for our trip. We were required to meet in the lobby before we started our day. Once we met, we all chatted with our … Continue reading

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Star Word – Relationship

On Epiphany Sunday many of us at Trinity Lutheran Church, Nampa picked up Star Words, a word or phrase to guide self-reflection and action throughout 2018, as the star guided the magi to the baby Jesus. My word was Relationship. … Continue reading

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What Good Ecumenism Requires in Nampa

I had a fascinating week of ecumenism in Nampa, beginning May 3 with the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and ending with the last (we take a summer break) monthly Nampa Ministerial Meeting at St. Alphonsos Hospital May 8. Here is … Continue reading

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Lent 3 – Word of Hope

Last night at our midweek Lent service I read Isaiah 55:1-13, another of the required readings for the Easter Vigil Service. (Here are verses 10-13, “10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not … Continue reading

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