Plans for a future and a hope…

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 Have you ever wondered if there was a plan for your life? Or how about a plan for us here at St. John’s? Like thereContinue reading “Plans for a future and a hope…”

How might God work through this…

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) I’m sitting at my desk as 2018 is coming to a close and I am thinking about all the things that happened this past year. Even the night before I write thisContinue reading “How might God work through this…”

2 Dirty words in church!

I recently read an article from Luther Seminary about the two dirty words in the church. Evangelism is one. Because we find it hard to understand our faith enough to talk about it with others. Or maybe we think if we don’t know the answer to every question they ask we will look like ourContinue reading “2 Dirty words in church!”

Holiday Bucket List

I shared this picture on Facebook and have seen it several places. I think it is a great way to orient ourselves at this time of year. But it also reminds me that sometimes we fall short of the mark. Some of you may be aware that St. John’s received an anonymous letter early inContinue reading “Holiday Bucket List”


It is September and school is almost here. That means that learning will be starting… But learning is not just for public and private education or to be done by just kids. Learning is something we all need to do through out all of our lives. We have confirmation which helps us learn the faithContinue reading “G.R.O.W.”

What makes you blessed?

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are theContinue reading “What makes you blessed?”

Let’s Go Compassion

The other night I was watching tv, I honestly don’t remember what the show was but a commercial came on from Toyota. It was about a football playoff down to the last seconds and a hopefully throw and catch to the end zone, but the referee called the catch out of bounds. So the teamContinue reading “Let’s Go Compassion”


“What no one ever shares with you when you’re young is that Christianity is boring. No one tells you that. That Christianity, for the most part, is boring. No one tells you that Christianity is a 70 to 80 year grind in becoming more kind, more gentle, more giving, more joyful, more patient, more loving.Continue reading “PoWeR SuRGe”