Category: John

Seen, Known and Loved

There is a fundamental truth that I think we can all agree on:  In life, you don’t always get what you expect.  We get certain ideas, or visions in our […]

Don’t Miss the Middle

Once upon a time, I would take families on a spring break mission trip to work at Westhaven Children’s Home in Jamaica.  (I actually still do this.  Look for the […]

A Bumper Sticker Kind of Faith

When I’m driving, I love pulling up behind cars that have a lot of bumper stickers.  I don’t know what it is, but I kind of get a kick out […]

Welcome Home!

Hubert Humphrey was a former two-time senator from the State of Minnesota, vice-president of the United States and a candidate for president in 1968. In 1978, when he died, hundreds […]

Love is Greater: Epilogue

I’ve already written twice about the Westboro Baptist protests that took place at Trinity in Owatonna this past weekend, and I don’t want to give them any more time, energy […]

Love is Greater: A sermon for the day Westboro Baptist showed up to protest at Trinity

Kyle and Nancy Larson were members of the last congregation that I served.  They are fantastic people.  At the time, Kyle served as a police officer in the Maple Grove […]

Point

I have a group of good friends who live in California.  They never tire of reminding me that they live in the land of beaches, palm trees and movie stars, […]

501

Less than a month ago, I stood, along with 19 other folks from Trinity, at “the doors.” That is, the doors to the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany.  It was […]

Free

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the podium and delivered his famous, “I Have […]

Take A Breath

Of the three aspects of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it is the Spirit that has always been the most confusing and mysterious.  Just out of curiosity, I […]