Who’s At Your Side?

Somewhere along the pathway of an adventurous life, King David stopped and penned a handful of resolutions that every believer would be wise to follow. Known for centuries as Psalm 101, these several commitments force the soul to focus on things like worship, justice, how to get along with a neighbor, integrity, righteousness and obedience. Added to these and others […]

Replanting and Eternal Bonds

It began about a year ago—an unusual journey of receiving and waiting and grieving and anticipating. The culmination of this special season is that beginning in August, Christa and I will be replanted with me as the senior pastor of New Hope Church in the Minneapolis metro. Over the past twelve months or so, and much to our surprise, Christa […]

Measure 1 and In Vitro Fertilization

As North Dakotans prepare to go to the polls on November 4, one of the biggest decisions with which to wrestle is Measure 1, otherwise known as the Human Life Amendment; an initiative designed to affirm the protection of life at all stages of development. Within the broader discussion of Measure 1’s merits is concern that passage of the measure […]

Thoughts on Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Christa and I went to a late morning showing of Noah yesterday at the West Acres Cinema in Fargo. Honestly, it was better than I anticipated, and yet it fell well short of what it should have been. Some of the positive things about the movie, things that I frankly thought filmmaker Darren Aronofsky did better than expected, included highlighting […]

When Floods Come

Yesterday, March 28, 2014, marked the fifth anniversary of the crest of the record-smashing Red River Valley Flood. Our home, located as it is in the Oakport Township just north of Moorhead, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota, was right in the middle of one of the “ground zeroes” that were randomly scattered  up and down the swollen Red River of […]

An Others-Centered Life

Throughout the Bible we are charged with the mandate to serve those around us. Thus, the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 5:13, “through love, serve one another.” The Apostle Peter tells us that “each has received a gift” and that we must “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). Jesus declares […]