Category Archives: Reflections

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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Spring in Many Forms

Pastor’s Column for Trinity Lutheran Church, March 2019 Epistle Dear friends in Christ, I love this time of year. I love that the days are getting longer. I love the season of Lent—the journey, the ritual, the disciplines, the hymns … Continue reading

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Sabbatical: Frequently Asked Questions

When is it? Pastor Meggan’s send-off Sunday will be June 30. She will return to the office Oct. 7 and to worship Oct. 13. Who will preach and preside and care for the congregation? Vicar Mia Crosthwaite will be with … Continue reading

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