Category Archives: Reflections

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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Accompaniment

Originally published on tvprays.org (May 14, 2020) “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

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Easter When It Feels Like Lent

Newsletter Column for May 2020 Dear Friends in Christ, How do we live into the Season of Easter when it still feels like Lent? If it was one of the weirdest Holy Week’s ever, this may end up being the … Continue reading

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Time for Questions

Originally published on Treasure Valley Prays. Acts 4:32-37: 32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great … Continue reading

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Prayer Walk

My deepest thanks to my colleague and friend Casey Cross, Young Disciples Minister at Hope Lutheran Church, Eagle, for adapting this for the Confirmation Co-op Students and Families for Holy Week 2020. I will admit that I was not too … Continue reading

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What Our Bodies Are Saying

A facilitator of a Facebook group for church leaders posed this question last week: What are your affirmations about who God is that is life-giving and uplifting in these times? My response was “God cares about physical bodies.” Now, living … Continue reading

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Waiting for Morning

(Originally posted on tvprays.org) 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2   Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4 But there … Continue reading

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