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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


The Best Light

There is an old story about a man who found his neighbor searching desperately around a lamp post on the sidewalk just outside of his house, for his keys.  It was obvious that he was a little inebriated but the man tried to help...

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Essential or Not?

So I’m hearing through the grapevine that many religious leaders over in Minnesota have sent several letters to the governor regarding the opening of churches. My understanding is that he has answered none of those...

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Is it Persecution?

Is it persecution? That question came as a result of hard work and conscientious effort of adjudicatories, and Presidents of our Church bodies, that led to the Governor of Minnesota to back off on church restrictions.  That is a...

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The memorial days I remember I’ve always been cold. Up here in the North country the last days of May can go from balmy to snow at the blink of an eye. I remember standing in snow storms reciting the pledge and trying to keep my...

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Truth or Prank

One of my favorite television programs was the Dick Van Dyke show. You Minnesotans of course remember because you have a Mary Tyler Moore statue down on Nicolette Mall I think. Anyway one of the funniest shows was a prankster...

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The Church Lady Sans Church

On Sunday I preached from 1st Peter 3:13-22 and the magnificent line that Christ Jesus died for sin “once and for all”.  The destruction of a guilt-based religious system is an ongoing project. First Peter is one of...

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The Dangers of Idealism

I have made it known before that one of my favorite authors is G.K. Chesterton. He wrote many reviews about famous authors.  One of those authors was George Bernard Shaw. Shaw  had written a play about idealism  and Chesterton...

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The Confiscation of the Heart

  I have been saying for a while that the great issue that causes us so many problems is our inability to rely upon God as Creator.  John Pless wrote about how Luther dealt with prayer and connected it to our struggles in...

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Promise and Presence

I said in a sermon on Sunday that God only deals with us through a promise and his presence.  Some folks wondered about that and asked for some clarification, so here we go.  The Scriptures are replete with God making promises...

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Dancing Camels and Motherhood

Last week was so busy with taking care of mothers issues I never had a chance to set up a blog honoring mother’s.    It is interesting how much work a blog takes and how much work caring for individuals takes as well.  I...

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The Politics of WHO

The WHO is in the news lately for many reasons. I couldn’t help but think what the conversation between two political parties might be like over the organization or at least a discussion of defunding the WHO.  I leave it...

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Created for Worship

I found this in one of my old note books.  It is a quote from a professor who quoted Luther but I never wrote down who it was. It is characteristic of Luther that he never deals with man on his own. He is not interested in a...

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