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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...

Dead-Tired

In August 1986 I flew from Heathrow Airport in London to JFK in New York. Before going any further, I should tell you about a quirk I...

At the library

I love libraries. It has long been this way. It’s been like this for almost 50 years now. I fell in love with books while in elementary...

A first for me

What did we do on our summer vacation? We started off by traveling down the Great Mississippi River Road. Our first stop was La Crosse,...

We all need one

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.

Life with Alaine

Today Alaine and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary. We've been marking this special occasion in our preferred way: quiet and low...

Our 30th anniversary

I've been thinking about marriage a lot lately, for good reasons. In a little more than two months from now, our son Paul and his...

What led to this

My life with God, and with Jesus Christ, began on May 17, 1964, almost exactly 57 years ago. On that date, I was baptized at St. Matthew...