A tribute to a friend

A week ago it was my honor and challenge to preach at the memorial service for a woman who became a dear friend to me. She died a few days before her 74th birthday after slowly declining from dementia. We met when she was the office administrator for the Synod Office and I was the director of our Synod’s church camp. Many times she came to my aid – helping with administrative details, reminding me […]

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Chancellor Angela Merkel

These were the ones chosen from the congregation, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the divisions of Israel. (Numbers 1:15) Good leadership matters. Great leaders make life much better for people they’ll never meet. I consider Angela Merkel such a leader. I’m a little behind in my reading so I’ve just finished the December Time article about Angela Merkel: Chancellor of the Free World. Time selected her Person of the Year for […]

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Cristo Rey.Santa Ana

El Salvador – The Rest of the Story

Two days before I was scheduled to fly to El Salvador for my third Thrivent Builds-Habitat for Humanity trip I got an e-mail from our State Department warning me of escalating concerns about safety there for U.S.A. travelers. Were this my first trip I might have canceled my flight. Since this was not my first trip, I deleted the e-mail and continued packing. Both Thrivent (a not-for-profit financial services organization for Christians) and Habitat in […]

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Love and respect – the universal languages

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. (Gen. 11:1) I’ve just returned from my third trip to El Salvador through the Thrivent – Habitat for Humanity partnership. I’ve met some terrific people – like Betty (L) and Glenda (R) pictured above. Glenda came to our work site each day to help because she wanted to practice her English. I wanted to practice my Spanish so we helped each other. One of […]

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Wendy

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed. (Psalm 10:17) This week I am in El Salvador for my third trip with a group of folks to help build homes through a partnership between Thrivent Financial Services and Habitat for Humanity. Mostly I read books to the kids who always show up to help with the construction projects. If […]

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