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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


Chinese Service Book

One of the great joys in life is to travel to a strange country and gather in strange places and worship with strangers and to hear the rhythms and the notes and the melodies of our hymns sung in a strange tongue.  Singing in...

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Tropic of Capricorn

So for our friends up in the North Country I found  this fascinating.  I am in Chiayi or Chiayi, Taiwan and it is on the Tropic of Capricorn that means the which means on the winter solstice the sun here is directly overhead....

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Incipient Dictators

  We can get into trouble when we talk about socialism always producing dictators.  When you say that you identify yourself as a de facto conservative which is a bad word in this culture and you betray the fact that you...

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Dubious History

  Things I learned while looking for something else.  Interesting history up here in the North Country and our connections.  Reading my mothers memoirs I was surprised how many of our relatives moved to Wisconsin and then...

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The Heavens Declare…..

Eric Lunsford is here with me in Taiwan.  We are at a meeting of missionaries from around the world that we in the LCMS have sent to share Christ.  I am preaching 2 times a day for the next few days and privileged.  Eric is...

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Chaste and Beautiful

  When we are asked about the Gospel or why we trust in Christ or what is the importance of our faith, we sometime stammer out something to the effect that Jesus loves me and He died for me and He forgives me.  Those are...

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Lenten Preaching

There ought to be something that is fundamental to our preaching especially in the Lenten season.  The Gospel, as Paul told us “is foolishness to Greeks and a scandal to the Jews”.  It is in aversion to what human beings think...

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Important Enough to Reblog

I get notes all the time about politics and religion and where to draw the line etc.  It is getting harder to draw the line anywhere any more.  Infanticide is a theological issue and so are many other things that we face.  They...

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Things are Tough for Everyone

This is right outside my office at the All Faith’s Chapel, right next door to a bank and pretty close to a bean plant.  There is a lot of traffic on this road and for these young deer to hang around and eat tree bark...

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