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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


Vidi Aquam

Easter has much to do with Baptism or vice versa.  Baptized into the death of Christ we believe that we also are baptized into His resurrection and will be raised at the last day.  The water images are all over the place and...

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Good Friday

My Friends in Kenya make corn dolls.  I have some manger scenes that I have shown in the pages of these blogs.  There were many folks in Minnesota North and North Dakota that received these manger scenes and not long ago I saw...

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Maundy Thursday Miracles

This is a frontage road and as you can see the fields around it have become a lake and the road itself is under water.  The woods off in the distance are under water and the elevators and farmyard there are surrounded by a dike...

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Iconic might be one of those words we want to retire for a while.  If I heard it once yesterday I heard it a thousand times.  The Cathedral of Notre Dame was iconic and that cannot be denied.  It danced in the imagination when...

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Strange Justice

Pilate’s Wife’s Dream   Our faith is rotten, all our rites defiled, Our temples sullied, and, methinks, this man, With his new ordinance, so wise and mild, Is come, even as He says, the chaff to fan And sever...

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New Poster on Project 24

This is more good news from the Project 24 front.  Concordia Gospel ministries was very helpful in getting materials for us in the past.  I do not if these materials are from them, but who ever brought them forward it is...

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So You Think You Have Problems

More artistic influence – this is a portrait of Rembrandt’s Mother reading a lectionary. The church lives in the rhythm of confession and absolution. We have ordered worship in such a way that we can tell the story...

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Art for Theology’s Sake

Even if you have never heard of Albrecht Dürer you have seen this picture or the sculpture.  When Friedrich the Wise, a big art guy and Martin Luther’s protector, sent Dürer one of Luther’s books in 1520, Dürer wrote...

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Outside the Buddist Temple

The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being.” The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Eurasia, as early as 7000 years ago, perhaps representing the...

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Fits of Love and Rage

I was sitting waiting for my flight at the Taoyuan Airport outside of Taipei and it is a gorgeous airport.  There are many things to see and do and it is a pretty large airport.  I was watching two young ladies who were so...

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Something on a Stick

So one of the big draws to the Minnesota State Fair is that you can get anything fried on a stick,  I think you can do that at the North Dakota State FAir as well I think.  Anyway this was on the street in Taipei at a very clean...

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