Author: Chris Enstad

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...

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! We have come through certainly the most unique Holy Week quite possibly since the very first one 2000 years ago!  What we have learned in these weeks is that while the church buildings might be closed, the...

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Oh, my siblings in Christ, it has been a long, unexpected, sometimes brutal, often beautiful Lent and in the midst of these 40 days, we have been exploring the theme Spiritual Reboot looking at all of the...

The Great Three Days As we enter into the Triduum (The Great Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter), we have much to give thanks for even as we yearn for a return to a time when we will again gather face to face...

God in the Mess Even in my relatively short life I have known triumph and tragedy. I have been alongside many of you in your darkest hours and also celebrated with you when things go your way. We are human beings and so we share with...

Adapting to Connect We continue to move through this time of seismic shifts and changes in our life together and our world. Please know that your church is here for you! We have been making good use of technology to meet with each other, to stay...

Imagine, if you will, the scene surrounding the prophet Ezekiel – taken by the Lord to a valley filled with dry bones. What kind of devastation must there have been for all of that death to take place so that there was not even...