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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


The Vine and Fig Tree

    Back in the day having your own vine and fig  tree and to be able to sit under them was considered a marvelous blessing and a sign of God’s mercy. We read this in Micah 4 – And he shall judge among many...

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Omelettes for Buddha

  One of our missionaries related a story of an offering from Hong Kong sent to Thailand to a statue of Buddha praying he would make Covid go away.  Well he didn’t and it hasn’t.  Notice the lack of masks in an...

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Rescue Boat or Cruise Ship?

Having been raised in the 60s where everything seemed to be falling apart, I have a different perspective of today where everything just seems to be crazy. Are the problems we face spiritual, cultural, social ?Most would answer;...

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Notes on the 4th

Meditating on decorations got me going….. With everything that has been going on over the last few months, this was one of the most bittersweet and strange celebrations of the Declaration of Independence I have ever...

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Progressive Power

“The progressive has turned original sin, which afflicts all mankind, into political error, which conveniently afflicts his opponents and not himself.” — Anthony Esolen, from his book “NOSTALGIA: Going Home In A...

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False Liberalism

There was a rise of what was called “false liberalism” that arose after the Reformation.  It was called “Socinianism”.  This is from Wikipedia so take it with salt but it is pretty close. The Socinians...

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General Acceptability

I am still fascinated by an article from 1939 by W. Arndt talking about the challenges to the church back them. He writes “In our age the tendency which cares little about what a person believes and teaches and which in...

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Journals About Religion

In 1939 the Theological Journal Lehre und Wehre became, as I understand it, Concordia Theological Monthly.  That was a long time ago and even journals today wonder if they can survive, or should, a theologian by the name of...

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Because We Taught

Fightings and fears within, without, is a pretty good description of life in the church.  Lutheran theology to my mind is nuanced.  Imagine growing up when removal of prayer was going on in the schools and people, Christian...

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Blast from the Past

I remember writing this 3 years ago but I wanted to bring it back because of statues and portraits being removed and military bases needing to be renamed.  And before you have a knee jerk reaction  I have no truck or sympathy...

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In Spite of What You Hear

  There is a Finnish scholar who writes about Luther’s Theology of the Cross and how it reflects reality.  Theologies of glory are worrisome especially in times like these when everything is topsy turvy and there...

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Deeply Weird Scenes

I took much heat a while back when I write that politics are assuming the aura of religion and it is worrisome.  I, of course, was considered to be not separating church and State.  Anyway a guy by the name of Matt Taibbi wrote...

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Provision of the Holy Spirit

I received another one of those package deals that promise to help grow the church.  Just a few easy tips for growth in the middle of a pandemic and political chaos, social distancing and scaring folks to death.  The Holy Spirit...

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