Sneaky Jesus

Sister Helen Prejean is the Catholic nun who wrote the book Dead Man Walking, the story of her experience as a spiritual advisor to a man on death row. We might assume that Sister Helen ended up in this position because, well, she is a nun, and don’t nuns often end up serving the people … More Sneaky Jesus

To See or Not To See

Sometimes good stories trigger memories: When I think of “The Wizard of Oz,” I think of getting to eat dinner in front of the TV…something that otherwise never happened in our house when I was growing up. When I think of the Harry Potter books, I think of sitting on our couch with each of … More To See or Not To See

Emotional Scars

I carry my scars.  You do too.  I have experienced heart wrenching loss.  I have experienced painful, broken relationships.  I have made choices that I regret…and in some cases, people I care about have made choices…that I regret.  These hurts have caused scars. And as a pastor, I’ve spoken with too many people who have … More Emotional Scars

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 with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, … More On Why Words Matter


Joe Rantz was one of nine young men who represented the United States in the 8-man rowing, or “crew” races in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Their story is told in a fantastic book by Daniel Brown that I just finished called The Boys in the Boat.  While the book tells the story of the … More Suddenly

Child of God

“Child of God” Mark 8: 27-38 Pastor Todd Buegler September 12-13, 2015 (Rally Weekend) Trinity Lutheran Church My deep gratitude to Jessica Dant for singing the musical interlude that is woven through today’s sermon.   Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, and from Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the … More Child of God