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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]