Category: John

One of the shooting victims in Thousand Oaks sang at Trinity last year…

Tragedy most often feels distant. Bad things happen:  Perhaps a hurricane, or a tornado, or an accident, or a mass shooting, and we feel sympathy, and we wish it hadn’t […]

God’s Hope Changes Everything

Hope is a feeling in your heart. It will get you through any situation. It will carry you through the good and help you through the bad. It’s like a […]

At the End of Your Rope

The nerd factor in the Buegler house is fairly high.  (My wife would want you to know that the “nerd gene” is dominant on the male side of the family.) […]

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 […]


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, […]