Turn Down the Heat

Turn Down the Heat

Ryan Nilsen led me to rethink. His presentation to the recent CLB Central Region convention challenged our notions about how we welcome new people into our churches.In my church, we have engaged in self-evaluation. Among our strengths, we see a warm welcoming core...
Life Moves You

Life Moves You

Recognizing physical life as a wonderful gift is a moving and mobilizing experience:A young mother saw a documentary film series about where modern culture was heading in its devaluing of human life. She was moved to help organize a crisis pregnancy center. Nearly 40...
The Lord is Good

The Lord is Good

We pursued an unusual theme for Lenten services a few years ago. Our pastors and leaders at Stavanger Lutheran Church took turns speaking on the theme, “Sensing the Gospel.” Our aim was to contemplate Lent and the passion of Christ through the five senses: sight,...
An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

God has a divine sense of humor, as well as perfect timing. He sent us an unexpected visitor that we should have been expecting.It was October 14, and I was reaching the culmination of a pointed sermon. It was my third Sunday of unpacking our church’s proposed new...