On Sunday, Lori and I drove down to Mason City, Iowa to worship at Trinity Lutheran Church. The senior pastor there, Rev. Dan Gerrietts, and his wife, Molly, are good friends of Lori’s and mine. So in addition to worshiping there, we got to spend a little time with them. Trinity Mason City is a … More Worshiping at Trinity: Mason City
This past Sunday, our 10th graders did a mini-retreat as they prepared for their Affirmation of Baptism (confirmation) that will take place on October 28th. In one of our activities, we spent time talking together about the faith questions that have emerged for them as they have learned and grown over the past three years. … More 10th Grade Faith Questions Part I
About 6 months ago I was looking around on YouTube and found a video from a channel called Yes Theory. In this video there were 4 guys in their mid 20’s that tried to plan a dinner party in one day with strangers. They walked around LA trying to find a brave stranger to host … More God’s Love Changes Everything
Lori, Sam and I went for a walk yesterday, we made our way down Rose, cut over to Cherry, and back to Brookview Golf Course, where we took a walking trail back into a neighborhood and made our way back home. It was a beautiful day to be out. Yesterday felt kind of like an … More Waking Up
I now can finally give the correct answer: “Yes, I’ve been to the Steele County Free Fair!” That’s been one of the first three questions that I’ve been asked since we arrived in Owatonna: “Have you been to the fair? Are you planning on going?” I have to admit, that as someone recently stepping in to this community, … More What if Life was like the Fair?
This was an amazing weekend. Quite simply put, I’m overwhelmed (but in a good way). The welcome of this congregation…the hospitality…the energy and excitement of a vibrant community when God’s Holy Spirit is so clearly blowing through a place. On Sunday evening, Lori and I were sitting in our living room and she asked me … More Overflowing
Mark 2:1-12 Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, and from Jesus, the Son of God who brings healing. Amen. My good friend, David Hunstad, was pretty sad when his back went completely out. It was probably 20 years ago, but I remember this like it was yesterday. We were at a youth … More …With a Little Help From Your Friends…