A LOCAL Clergy looks at the Standing Rock Protests

Recently it was reported that 500 clergy (almost all of them non residents of North Dakota) came to our state to stand in solidarity with the pipeline protestors.  This sort of upsets me, because I am a clergy member who is a resident of North Dakota.  I have a ministry here, they don’t. At first

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All Along the Watchtower and the Christian Life

Bob Dylan just won the nobel prize in literature, which I think was well deserved.  He has certainly been one of the greatest American poets of the last 60 years.  The song first appeared on his album, “John Wesley Harding” which Dylan himself called the “first Christian Rock Album.” You need to understand that Dylan

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Immanuel’s Opus

You ever have those times when you realize something you already knew?  You know, like, you knew it before, but You really never thought it was a big deal.  But then suddenly you have this revelation and you’re all like “NO WAY! WHY HAVE I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT??” Well, that just sort of happened to

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Sermon Series on Judges

This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series on the book of Judges.  You should know that this is at times a graphic and violent book.  This is a history of God’s people attempting (and failing) to live faithfully as people who belong their creator. We will find that they are given the task

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AA and the Church

Rev. Sam Shoemaker was an Episcopal Priest who died in 1963.  I think his words are worth paying close attention to as we in the church learn what “community really means. AA indirectly derived much of its inspiration from the Church. Now perhaps the time has come for the Church to be re-awakened and re-vitalized

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How Black Lives Matter can help White Evangelicals Grow in Grace

I need to start by saying this is tough for me.  A friend (who is not a church-goer) reminded me just a few moments ago that typically organized religion likes to “re-arrange the deck chairs on the titanic.”  We like to maintain what we have, pick sides, and above all try not to rock the

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See you this summer!

I love Bismarck.  I love everything about it.  I won’t lie, I prefer colder weather.  I like it when the weeds in my yard are frozen and the grass doesn’t need to be cut.  I like the fireplace and snuggling in bed with my wife when it’s snowing outside. But because our winters can be

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The Cultural Sexual Revolution and the Future of the Church

A few court battles are brewing regarding who can use what bathroom.  North Carolina is leading, but others will now join in because President Obama has issued a – I don’t know, is it a declaration? – saying all public schools will have to allow anyone to use the bathroom of their choice.  I am

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Target and the power of the cross

I have been struggling with how to say this for a few weeks.  There was the whole North Carolina bill about transgender people in bathrooms and the accompanying Bruce Springsteen fiasco (you guys remember that?)  Prince died, so the news shifted for a week or so and now we come to Target and their announcement that people

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The Cruciform life

It’s a sad reality that most of us will probably read that and ask “what does that mean?” A guy named Paul who lived a long time ago and eventually was murdered because he followed Jesus wrote something pretty interesting.  He said, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you

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