On Jesus’ List

To be honest, when I first heard that Ash Wednesday, 2018, was going to land on Valentine’s Day, it was a little startling.  There are, after all, some pretty distinct […]

Ash Wednesday in Two Minutes

Have you ever wondered what Ash Wednesday is all about?  Or how about the whole season of Lent?  This 2 minute video might give you some good answers!  It is […]

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 […]

So what will we do when Westboro Baptist comes to protest at Trinity?

“Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,     your judgments are like the great deep;     you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.  How precious is your steadfast love, O God!     All […]

Right Here, Right Now

There is a whole series of psychological exams that students at our seminaries have to undertake.  These exams dig deep into our family history, our personality characteristics and our sense […]

On Why Words Matter

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing […]

New Year = New Mission

At its regular December meeting, Trinity’s congregational council voted to recommend to the congregation a draft of a new mission statement.  The congregation will vote on this new statement at […]

A Different Kind of Power

Our Gospel today begins like this: “In those days, a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.”  Caesar Augustus was the Emperor.  He was […]


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, […]