Friday, July 31, 2009


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

next Sunday

Next Sunday will be a first for me. I will be preaching at the Minneapolis - St. Paul Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3152 - 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Worship begins at 10 a.m. My message will be in English; I would love to see you there.

we are like the flower

As for us, our days are like grass;
we flower like the flower of the field;
the wind blows and we are gone
and our place never sees us again.
Psalm 103:15-16 (Grail)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

discern the body

We are saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus. We are not saved by our sexuality, our opinion about abortion, gun ownership, economic policy or any of the other hot button topics. Secure on the foundation that is Jesus we can engage in civil, respectful, and honest debate with one another, free from personal attacks and without thinking we have to pick up our hymnals and go to another church where people agree with us. If the church follows the culture in dividing up along social and political issues it is no longer the church.
Creating such a community of moral discourse is important for the church's sake. In doing so, we "discern the body," as Paul admonishes us. The body consists of all those the Spirit of God has called to faith by the gospel.
-- Rev. Bruce K. Modahl

Sunday, July 26, 2009

South Dakota - near Blue Cloud Abbey

iPhone photo

Saturday, July 25, 2009

around Blue Cloud Abbey ponds


Friday, July 24, 2009

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Mounds View, MN

This Sunday I will be leading worship at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Mounds View, MN.
The title of my message is "The Peter Principle" based on Chapter 6 of St. John's Gospel.
Worship is at 9:30 a.m.; I would love to see you there.
For directions see Cross of Glory's web site here.

Blue Cloud Abbey grounds


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lake Traverse - Agape Presbyterian Church in SD

We've previously posted a photo of this church. Here is a closer view.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

another view of St. Anthony's Church

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

another view of Church of St. Mary


Monday, July 20, 2009

St. Stephen's Ev. Luth. Church, Wilmot, SD


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Mass at Blue Cloud Abbey

Saturday, July 18, 2009

near Blue Cloud Abbey

St. Anthony's Church, Browns Valley, MN

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Church of St. Mary, Beardsley, MN

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blue Cloud Abbey

Sunday, July 12, 2009

the rest of the week

Early tomorrow morning I will be leaving for a week at Blue Cloud Abbey near Marvin, S.D.
Although I do not have a laptop computer I will attempt to write some posts on my iPhone and also post on Twitter.


A spirituality without a prayer life is no spirituality at all, and it will not last beyond the first defeats. Prayer is an opening of the self so that the Word of God can break in and make us new. Prayer unmasks. Prayer converts. Prayer impels. Prayer sustains us on the way. Pray for the grace it will take to continue what you would like to quit.
-- Joan Chittister, O.S.B.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Abba Agathon said,
"A man who is angry, even if he were to raise the dead,
is not acceptable to God."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Who giveth rain upon the earth, . . .

Job 5:10

Thursday, July 09, 2009


This is to test my ability to post from my iPhone.

Scripture study

"Teacher, I have gone completely through the Torah.
What must I do now?"
The teacher said,
"Oh, my friend, the question is not, have you gone through the Torah.
The question is, has the Torah gone through you?"

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


We would not be searching if we had not already been found.
-- St. Augustine

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

the highways were unoccupied -- Judges 5:6

Sunday, July 05, 2009


If the Holy Spirit lives within you today, he gives you the life and power of Jesus through the Word and Sacraments; he will give each of us the power to live and proclaim the Good News.

from my message this morning
which will be repeated Wednesday at 7p at Cross of Glory, Mounds View, MN

Friday, July 03, 2009


A disciple asked the Holy One:
"Where shall I look for Enlightenment?"
"Here," the Holy One said.
"When will it happen?"
"It is happening right now," the Holy One said.
"Then why don't I experience it?"
"Because you do not look," the Holy One said.
"What should I look for?"
"Nothing," the Holy One said. "Just look."
"At what?"
"Anything your eyes alight upon," the Holy One said.
"Must I look in a special kind of way?"
"No," the Holy One said. "The ordinary way will do."
"But don't I always look the ordinary way?"
"No," the Holy One said. "You don't."
"Why ever not?" the disciple demanded.
"Because to look you must be here," the Holy One said. "You're mostly somewhere else."

Thursday, July 02, 2009


All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way
-- Isaiah 53:6

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

next Sunday

Next Sunday I will be preaching at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Mounds View, MN, concluding my series of messages on "How Well Do We Know Jesus?"
The sub-title of my message is:  Do We Know The Power Jesus Gives?
(John 14:12)
I will be repeating the message on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.
I'd love to see you at either service!

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