Grace and peace to you from God our creator, and from Jesus, who heals. Amen. In 2008 a young Australian woman, Hailey Bartholomew, found that she just wasn’t enjoying life. … Continue reading How Are You?
Dear friends, Two weeks ago, I was made aware of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by James Oakland, who served as an associate pastor at Trinity from 1976 … Continue reading An Important Announcement for Trinity Members
The school buses are back. This week, during my commute to work, I found myself yielding extra space to the large yellow carriers of our children as they make their … Continue reading Days of Transition
Five years ago yesterday, I walked in to Trinity Lutheran Church for the first time as its pastor. From one perspective seems like those five years have just flown by. … Continue reading Reflections on My First 5 Years at Trinity
We all love a good underdog story, don’t we? a story of the little defeating the big of the disadvantaged triumphing over the advantaged of the weak, winning over the … Continue reading When We Face the Giants
“If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, … Continue reading Seeing Each Other
The power of water is an amazing thing to witness. Certainly, we saw that earlier this week. The heavy rains Thursday and the flooding between here and Rochester were a … Continue reading Nope. Never Again.
I remember the stories. I heard them growing up. In Sunday School, in our home, at my grandparents’ farm, these became stories that helped shape me. The creation story The … Continue reading A New Sermon Series: Bible Stories to Love and Remember
I am very excited to introduce to you, Pastor Cindy Halvorson, who will begin serving as Trinity’s part-time visitation pastor on July 1st. Many of you probably know Pastor Cindy. … Continue reading Welcoming Pastor Cindy Halvorson
According to the 2016 Consumer Automotive Index, 87% of Americans dislike buying cars. 87%! That’s an incredible number. In fact, this study goes deeper: 56% of Americans would rather clean … Continue reading Behind the Curtain
Last weekend, the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met for its annual “assembly” at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Every year, representatives and leaders … Continue reading When God’s People Gather
Today is a windy day. As I’m writing this, I can look out of the windows of my office and see the trees on the front lawn of the church … Continue reading Deep Roots
You may be familiar with the “pay it forward” phenomenon which has hit drive-thru lines at fast-food places and coffee shops in the last few years. One person will go … Continue reading Pay it Forward