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Even in Siberia

Even in Siberia there is happiness. So declared Anton Chekov. I've been thinking about what Chekov said ever since I came across the...

No Good

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord, apart from You I have no good thing.” I love this passage from Psalm 16. For some time now it has...

The shame of Lutheran worship

For the most part, I find Lutheran prayers to be lukewarm at best. I include many of my own in this category. For the most part, our...

Thank you, Harold

I must have been twelve or thirteen years old when we traveled to Sioux City to do some shopping. At a strip mall on Hamilton Boulevard,...

It's my pleasure

I have loved to read since I was ten years old. My love for reading started with the Hardy Boys series. A few years later my passion...

Who knows?

Ecclesiastes is one of those short, hard to find, books in the Old Testament. Sadly, we rarely hear it in church; it's included only...

Something that Heidi wrote

God's arm is not too short. I've been thinking about this sentence for the past 36 hours. Heidi S, our new church treasurer, includes...

Don't

Despite what the song says, don't let your conscience be your guide. We cannot trust our conscience. It is certainly not a fool-proof...

It's not even close

Sometimes we fall in love quickly. Such was the case for me more than thirty years ago. It happened on a car ride in the middle of...

It was no accident

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This is the very first sentence of the Bible. In the beginning God created the...

We all do it

I'm guessing that we all have something in common. Humans tend to be collectors. We collect all of sorts of things. What about you,...

I've been watching

I've been watching the Olympics morning, noon, and night. It helps that one channel is actually broadcasting the events 24/7. I usually...

He was dead wrong

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." So wrote Henry David Thoreau almost 170 years ago. “The mass of men lead lives of...

More or less

O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no...

Loud and clear

The Lutheran Church is a law & gospel church. It has been this way from the very beginning. Our namesake wrote: “Distinguishing between...

Just sitting there

Do you have a devotional routine? Me? I have several. In the mornings I read through various Christian books, a few pages at a time....

A confession to make

I have a confession to make. I don’t find it easy to pray. I know that this is surprising, coming from a pastor. I share this with you...

Hayden, Down Under

I’ve been thinking. I know, I know, it’s a dangerous habit to have. I’ve been thinking about something we say all the time: I...

No more sponge baths!

We tend to take the little things in life for granted. Things like a warm shower. I learned this lesson the hard way this week when our...

Life's Tragedies

There is nothing quite like it in the Bible. The same goes for the rest of world literature. What am I referring to? I’m talking about...