The Long View

I love my Kindle. I love it because it’s convenient, and I can carry tons of books in a single, small device. Even more than that, I love it because when I decide to purchase a book, it’s just right there. Like magic. I hit the “purchase” button, and 10 seconds later, the book is … More The Long View

Visiting St. Paul Lutheran; Davenport, Iowa

St. Paul Lutheran Church is one of our sibling congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. There are a lot of parallels between St. Paul and Trinity. The approximate size, age, style, staff and structure between the two congregations are very similar. We’ve also shared a pastor! Pastor Amanda served at St. Paul as … More Visiting St. Paul Lutheran; Davenport, Iowa


This weekend, our nation celebrates its independence. The root idea is that individuals have the right to choose how to they wish to live their lives. We are blessed that we can choose how to worship, what to say, and where and when to travel. For almost 250 years, we have celebrated our freedom. Freedom. … More Freedom

Cutting Away

This morning, I dropped our dog, Kennedy, off at the groomers for his “every 8 weeks” clean up session. When he came out, his har had been thinned out a bit (good for summer), he smelled much better, and he was sporting a stylish, new bandanna. After lunch, I went out into the back yard … More Cutting Away

We are #ForOwatonna

A sermon by Pastor Cindy, Deacon Kris, Pastor Todd and Pastor Amanda (in abstentia) In his book, UnChristian, researcher David Kinnaman studied the attitudes and perspectives of those who choose not to participate in a church, or a faith community.  These are not necessarily people who don’t believe in God, or don’t have faith, but … More We are #ForOwatonna

Sheep and Goats

As a young boy, probably 7 or 8 years old, I feared the moment.  It was the moment I’d have to face my parents.  It hadn’t even really occurred to me when my friend and I crouched down to use a stick to write our initials in the fresh, wet concrete of the sidewalk that … More Sheep and Goats

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 people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.  They feast on the abundance of your house,     and you give them drink from the … More So what will we do when Westboro Baptist comes to protest at Trinity?