In May, the school had an award ceremony in which all the 4th-6th graders and many of the parents showed up. Along with our youth director and senior pastor, the three of us showed up to the school lunch room to present our award. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. How would these kids, these parents, these teachers respond to a church group coming into their school?
How do we encounter Christ in the midst of bin Laden’s death? If we celebrate the death of another, what does that say about us? It seems un Christ-like to rejoice, even if that death carries such a strong emotion of eradicating evil from the world.
I’ve been thinking about the topic of death a lot more than usual lately. Not from a pastoral care role. Not from presiding over funerals. But very personally. Two weeks ago, we put my son Oliver, on hospice. The questions of mortality are never easy, but when it’s your own child—confronting this reality and being able to talk about it is the hardest thing in life.
Over the past few weeks, I have been fascinated at the cat and mouse game that is happening just over the border from me in Wisconsin. The big bully Governor Walker is metaphorically taking away the lunch money from the teachers who spend part of their day making sure the bullies in their schools literally […]
When I was growing up, I just assumed everyone celebrated Mardi Gras. In my family, when Fat Tuesday rolled around, my mom always made a great meal (it wasn’t until I was old enough to tolerate spicy food that she’d make jumbalaya), but there was always a King Cake for dessert. Much of my mom’s […]
The following response to the GLBT bullying will appear in the February edition of Como Park Lutheran Church’s Evangelist newsletter. I was truly disturbed when I read the headline. “Another Bullied Gay Teen in Minnesota Commits Suicide.” This hits close to home—in fact, Lance Lundsten was from Alexandria—less than 20 miles from my wife Taryn’s […]
When I was in middle school, I played for a City youth football team in Sioux Falls, SD. Our team wasn’t very good and many of the other guys quit before the end of the year. Since half of the team was in 7th grade and the other half was in 6th grade, those of […]
I certainly have been in shock at the news that came out of Tucson this weekend. The acts of the young man who took so many lives and has sent our nation into a fury of emotional outcry comes as devastating reality. This event was hard to comprehend. They have interviewed people who knew the […]
Spoiler alert… if your kid is old enough to read and believes in Santa Claus, close down this window and open again in a safe place. We put up our Christmas tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. After being out of town for the holiday, no sooner had we unpacked our things from the trip […]
John is currently serving as Pastoral Intern at Como Park Lutheran Church, member of the ELCA, in St. Paul, MN. He will graduate from Luther Seminary in May, 2012 with a M. Div.