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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


An Old Time Success Story

Most people think that being an orphan is a distinct disadvantage which it can be but being adopted by good people can be a definite advantage too.  It is possible to even have an asteroid named after you.  This is borrowed from...

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Persons From Porlock

Coleridge claimed that “Kubla Khan” a great epic came to him whole and entire in sleep.  As he feverishly wrote it down and sought to finish it whole and entire in one sitting he was distracted by a “person...

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Rev. Tom and Karen Puffe

Rev. Tom Puffe is one of those preachers that we talk about on this blog that shows the connections we have up here in the North Country.  He was in North Dakota for many years and his family is in Grand Forks.  Pastor...

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The Theology of Banning – part 3

Bill Moyers was the press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson a long, long, time ago. He was also an ordained Baptist minister. The story is told that one day he was at a dinner at the White House and a lot of people were...

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The Theologyof Banning part 2

“What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?” Chemical weapons are banned by International agreement.  100% of chemical weapons we were told, were out of Syria thanks to the...

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The Theology of Banning

It is axiomatic that in the present environment there will be calls for banning guns.  Mass shootings bring out the gun banners and it is apodictic that the pro gun folks will list all the things that kill more people than guns...

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Blast from the Past.

So it rained last night and I woke up this morning to several inches of snow. It is always depressing at this time of the year.  One year in April all the snow accumulated over the whole winter had melted very quickly and in one...

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Ransacking the Bible

I have been told that the Norwegian Bible translates the word “search” with the word “ransack”. I love this. Right off the bat I get an image in my mind of a bunch of Viking raiders sitting around with their Helga horns on...

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