For Tomorrow

Aren’t presidential elections fun! We should do this every year!!! Maybe not. Today – Tuesday, November 3rd – is election day. Tomorrow we’ll have results. Maybe not all of them, but some of them. We may or may not know who our next president is. We may or may not know which party controls congress.Continue reading “For Tomorrow”

The people who need to read this won’t

In the Matrix, there’s a pivotal scene that I’m often reminded of. Cypher, one of the good guys, makes a deal with the machines to give up his friends. He explains the reason: “You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is tellingContinue reading “The people who need to read this won’t”

Canceled

Cancel culture started as an stupid social media thing. Someone would say something that fans of someone else didn’t like, and they would be canceled: they were ignored and no longer relevant on Twitter. What a crushing blow… But then something terrible and stupid happened: it moved to real life. Lake Calhoun is now BdeContinue reading “Canceled”

Don’t Cough On Me

Last week my family and I went shopping at Walmart. That used to be insignificant, but now it’s sort of a treat for my girls to get to go shopping. The location we were at does not require face masks, and few shoppers wear them. My family did, largely because I want my girls toContinue reading “Don’t Cough On Me”

Perkins on forgiveness and love

These are reflections of minister and civil rights activist John M Perkins, as he lay in bed recovering from injuries and ulcers in Mississippi, 1970. An excerpt from John M. Perkins book, “Let Justice Roll Down”. “The Spirit of God worked on me as I lay in that bed. An image formed in my mind.Continue reading “Perkins on forgiveness and love”

In honor of George Floyd

I could write a long list of reasons why I shouldn’t write anything on the turmoil we have seen in Minnesota and around the nation since the death of George Floyd, but the reality is that whatever the list would look like, it would be summed up with the line, “I’m afraid.” It’s a scaryContinue reading “In honor of George Floyd”

Thoughts to drive us – Spurgeon isn’t a fish

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a British 19th century preacher. Known as “The Prince of Preachers,” he is one of the greatest Christian preachers to ever live, having preached to an estimated 10 million people over the course of his life. The following are quotes by Spurgeon from “Look Unto Me,” a collection of Spurgeon devotionals,Continue reading “Thoughts to drive us – Spurgeon isn’t a fish”

Gospel Outside – Creation: Sex and Death

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Nearly every culture from around the world has a creation myth. EachContinue reading “Gospel Outside – Creation: Sex and Death”

You can’t spell ‘Unity’ without ‘U’…and some other stuff

It is now over 9 months since I began my push towards a more unified community of faith in and around Martin County, MN. The early months were spent in preparation and vision-casting among some trusted ministry leaders. That push was followed by a concerted effort to spread the word, especially focused on our countyContinue reading “You can’t spell ‘Unity’ without ‘U’…and some other stuff”

“Crazy Love” – Francis Chan

I grew up believing in God without having a clue what He is like. I called myself a Christian, was pretty involved in church, and tried to stay away from all the things that “good Christians” avoid-drinking, drugs, sex, swearing. Christianity was simple: fight your desires in order to please God. Whenever I failed (whichContinue reading ““Crazy Love” – Francis Chan”