Breaking Up With God. A conversation with a young man who went to seminary to be a priest and ended up an atheist. How did he go from one extreme to the other? And what can we learn from his journey?
On April 8, 2011, Liv Rosin’s life was interrupted by a brain hemorrhage an unexpected journey into the wilderness. Six years later, Liv and I meet to talk about her recovery from a brain hemorrhage and what what amazing lessons she learned along the way.
Part II of a story about a young woman who shares her story of the difficult journey to be a mother. It was supposed to be easy and natural. In the end, it took 17 years, multiple miscarriages, surgeries and medical treatments and the death of two baby boys for her to become a mother again. Through the sharing of her story she expands our understanding of choice – the choices she makes and the ones made for her.
A young woman shares her story of the difficult journey to be a mother. It was supposed to be easy and natural. In the end, it took 17 years, multiple miscarriages, surgeries and medical treatments and the death of two baby boys for her to become a mother again. Through the sharing of her story she expands our understanding of choice – the choices she makes and the ones made for her.
A conservative banker speaks with a liberal leaning pastor about government and actually find common ground. Do you find yourself frustrated by all the political hatred? Considering un-friending someone on Facebook, or, getting off it all together? Take a moment to listen to what Mr. Knobbe learned about government by running for public office.
A friend suggested I use, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens as inspiration for a Christmas podcast. So, I asked two former staff in their 30’s to imagine what their Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future might show them. Then in listening, we, the audience, might learn something from their reflections. They ended up expanding my understanding of what it means to “reflect,” and called into question the notion of doing a job you love. Photo Courtesy of Unsplash.com
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 16th, I received the news of my nephew’s death. Lost in grief, I turned to the writings of Henri Nouwen to find comfort. Reading Nouwen’s book, “The Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World,” I wrote a series of reflections to process my pain. These reflections were written for cousins and all the other Beloved people coping with death and the struggles of daily living in a secular world….
One Wednesday evening, Joel, Amie, and their children Ella and Isak go to Park Point, Duluth,MN for one last outdoor worship service. As Joel is setting up, Amie, Ella, Isak and a friend go to the beach to wait. There the routine of the day is broken. A freak accident leaves Isak on an operating table and his parents helpless and vulnerable searching for hope. Listen as Amie and Joel share where they found strength, hope and how it changed…
On the 11th Anniversary of his father’s death, Mikah Meyer stepped into a van and launched on a tour. His publicized objective was to be the youngest person to visit all 412 sites managed by the U.S. National Park Service. The first to do it in one continuous 3-year trip. But, it’s also a resurrection trip, done in honor of his father, to bring a sense of new life out of his death. I interviewed Mikah at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran…
Part 2 of my conversation with my therapist friend, Margy. During our interview we got into a really interesting conversation about confession and forgiveness. Both as it relates to psychology and faith. Her thoughts made me think about how I present this issue as a pastor. Guilt will dwell within us whether we do anything about it or not. We might as well find a place to give those wounds some relief. (Photo Courtesy of Unsplash.com and Providence Doucet)