In or Out?

Recently, Anne and I spent a Saturday afternoon doing some sprucing up of the landscaping in front of our home. We cleared out some old plantings and ugly rocks, laid down some new weed barrier and put on some fresh mulch. Now we just need a few more plants and the maybe a raised garden bed and we’ll be ready for summer. A couple of days after doing all this sprucing, I noticed something…

60 Years

This year marks Prince of Peace’s 60th anniversary of being a partner congregation with Lyngblomsten. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Lyngblomsten. I volunteered there as a high school student, I have been in the building to do countless visits, I have brought...

HELLO my name is…

I read a story on NPR’s website recently about the importance of pronouncing peoples’ name correctly and it struck a cord immediately. I remember a few years ago I was driving to an event with two good friends of mine, friends who hadn’t met each other before. As I...

4 Questions

This past Sunday for the adult forum we talked about different ways of engaging scripture. One way is by reading scripture devotionally. Other ways include looking at scripture from a historical perspective, a literary perspective, and so on. During the forum we tried...

You Belong to God

“We have come to believe in Christ Jesus so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law.” The word “justify,” as central as it is in Paul’s writings and in our theology, just doesn’t move me. It doesn’t wash over me with grace,...

Long-Distance Brothers

I have one just one sibling, my brother Eric, who is 3 years older than I am. Looking at the calendar I realize that today is Eric’s birthday (which reminds me… I should give him a call). Once Eric graduated high school and headed off to college, our relationship changed a lot. Much about it, actually, got better. We no longer fought or disagreed over the small things and we started to appreciate the unique gifts the other possessed. For example, Eric possesses…