Crossing Borders

Have you ever traveled somewhere new…somewhere different… maybe somewhere outside of your comfort zone?   In 2015, I traveled to Wittenburg, Germany with a group of Lutheran pastors to experience the sites of Martin Luther and the reformation.  Being there was amazing.  The history…the architecture…the culture…I loved it.   But at the same time, I felt, a lot, … More Crossing Borders

Remember

I was baptized at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis on June 6, 1965. Don’t bother doing the math. There is nothing particularly remarkable about that day…it was just a day like any other.  June 6, 1965 was the 21st anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War 2.  On that day, the top 3 songs on … More Remember

Hear, See and Go

For the shepherds outside of Bethlehem, the night of that first Christmas was just like any other night.  All the sheep had been gathered in and there was nothing left to do except to keep watch, talk with one another, and stay stay close to the campfire, keeping warm.  That night, however, their quiet routine was … More Hear, See and Go

No Place Too Far

In 2016, ABC News ran a story about a woman named Tiffany Otterbeck.  Tiffany and her husband had had a baby, she’d gone on parental leave, and now, she had returned to work.  One night, even though she was exhausted from working all day and then caring for her young daughter, she decided that she was … More No Place Too Far

What We Listen For

“A man and a woman were walking along a crowded sidewalk in New York City.  Suddenly, the woman, who was a zoologist, said, ‘Listen to the lovely sound of that cricket,’ but the man could not hear the sound.  He asked: “How can you possibly hear a cricket, in the middle of all of this noise, and … More What We Listen For