Author: Chris Enstad

Change your Mind The ability of human beings to change our minds forms the basis of how we live our lives together. It is a noble and somewhat comforting thing to know that just because we have proclaimed an opinion, there still exists the possibility that ...

Good Shepherd Board approves revision to Forward Together reopening plan Dear Friends and Family at Good Shepherd, This week, the Good Shepherd Board approved changes to our reopening plans that will lead to more opportunities for members to gather together safely. These changes were recommended to the...

The "Sunshine List" Last Sunday, I referenced a "Sunshine List" that our Director of Faith Formation, Sarah Iverson, compiled as we prepared for our online Congregational Meeting in June. Many of you have asked to see the list, so here is an updated—and by no means...

Dear siblings in Christ at Good Shepherd,  Thank you for attending our first, and hopefully only, virtual Town Hall Meeting on June 28. I was so humbled by the stories that were shared and the videos that showed just a small slice of the life of our...

Translating the Good News The Christian Church on earth is being called on to take up the challenge of translating what it really means in this time to confess allegiance to its Lord. This is the Lord who established divine justice and peace through his own...

Dear friends & family at Good Shepherd, In the last two weeks our nation surpassed over 100,000 individual lives lost to the pandemic.  In that time, grief has compounded grief as the death of George Floyd has been added to the too long list of lives lost to injustice. So...

We Pray Together We gather together to pray for our city and our nation. Join us live at 10:00 a.m. wherever you are. A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God -- God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing...

Pausing in Prayer Prayer is one of the toughest habits to get into in this day and age. With the busyness of daily life, we start and end our days tired - with those middle hours of awake time spent just trying to keep up with...

The first Christian Martyr The story of Stephen’s martyrdom in the book of Acts is the story of the first Christian martyr. It must have brought the reality of this new faith, this new way into stark contrast with the hopes and dreams of Jesus’ followers....

Prayer and Discernment in the Midst of Crisis These past weeks have had much to teach us and I, like you, have struggled to find meaning or purpose in what this time of quarantine, displacement, economic and public health crises will mean for us as human...

Innovation and Gratitude We continue to navigate our way through these trying and anxious times. I am amazed at the many innovative ways the Kingdom work of God can be accomplished while coping with social distancing, stress and the fear of the unknown! Thank you for continuing to pray for and support your church!  I ask you make use of the myriad of tools...

“The heavens are telling the glory of God… There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” It’s little wonder that C.S. Lewis called...