“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, … More Peace

Way Off the Map

In his great book on adaptive leadership, “Canoeing the Mountains,” Tod Bolsinger tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  In August of 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis stood at the freshwater spring that was the source of the Missouri River.  It had been a long and painful journey.  He and his company had been … More Way Off the Map

How Much Longer?

Growing up, our family would occasionally road trip.  Sometimes it was to visit the grandparents.  Other times it was to spend a few days at a lake somewhere, trying (and failing) to catch fish.  Wherever we were headed, once my brothers and I were loaded into the far back seat of our family station wagon … More How Much Longer?

First Things First

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”– Matthew 6:33 Growing up, a phrase I would hear from my parents was “first things first.” I would eye the chocolate cake that was for dessert. “First things first…eat your vegetables.” (awwwww!!!!) I … More First Things First

40 Days

It was late in the evening when I walked into the neo-natal intensive care unit at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. The small, clear incubator held the under-sized child, who had multiple tubes and wires attached to his body, bringing him oxygen, food, and monitoring his vital statistics. There were bright lights over the little bed, bringing … More 40 Days


“Kingdom” Mark 4:26-32 Pastor Todd Buegler Trinity Lutheran Church June 13 & 14, 2015 Grace and peace to you, from God our Creator and from Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Lord.  Amen. “I can’t believe that something so tiny can have such a huge effect on me.”  The words were spoken by my friend, John, … More Kingdom