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Back in the fall when I first started my internship at Como Park Lutheran in St. Paul, I met with Paul Erickson, the Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission from the St. Paul Synod. I asked him for ideas on how to build on partnerships—especially with the school that’s a block down the street from our church. Paul told me that when he served in Wisconsin, one idea was a Peace Award. He told me a little bit about it and I thought—wow, that’s brilliant. So I called up the principal…Continue
When news started to spread last Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, there was quite a reaction. The immediate and overwhelming response was jubilation, dancing in the streets, and who can forget the college students in front of the White House chanting “U-S-A”. Facebook exploded with reactions and clever comments, but as Monday came around, I noticed that more and more of the responses from my friends were reflective and considered the Christian response to a…Continue
About two weeks ago, I started looking ahead to see what Gospel lesson I would be preaching on for Sunday, April 10th. As an intern, I preach about once a month and I wanted to start thinking about how the text might impact me. My first reaction upon reading it was, you gotta be kidding me? I have to preach on a text that is talking about death. It’s the story of Lazarus, whose sisters get upset…Continue
Over the past few weeks, I have been fascinated at the cat and mouse game that is happening just over the border from me in Wisconsin. The big bully Governor Walker is metaphorically taking away the lunch money from the teachers who spend part of their day making sure the bullies in their schools literally don't take the lunch money from the kids.
There is blame both ways--maybe the Democrats shouldn't have fled the state. The Republicans have used mean tactics to make them out to…Continue