Beyond Church Walls

This morning I finished the next in my series of sabbatical books to read. Beyond Church Walls: Cultivating a Culture of Care by Rick Rouse. Trinity has worked hard in the last couple of years to think about how we connect and serve within our community. We were working to connect individuals to serve at … More Beyond Church Walls

What Do You Expect?

This past week, Lori, Sam and I watched a documentary on Netflix called “14 Peaks.”  It is the story of a man from Nepal, named Nimsdai Purja.  Nimsdai grew up in Kathmandu.  After he finished school and graducated, he decided to join the British army.  (Nepal is a British protectorate).  After serving four years, Nimsdai tried out for, and was … More What Do You Expect?

Crossing Boundaries

Sam, our youngest son, and I were on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area trip a couple of weeks ago.  We’d been paddling up along the Canadian border.  It was our last night in the wilderness and we were looking for our camp site. Paddling on two different lakes, Alpine and then … More Crossing Boundaries

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

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

Scarred

This Lent, we are focusing our Wednesday, mid-week Lenten worship services on the word “Scarred.” God created the world and declared it to be “good.”  But sin and brokenness entered the world.  In our confession, we acknowledge that “we are captive to sin, and cannot free ourselves…” Sin shows up in broken relationships: Our relationship … More Scarred