Pastor’s Note

How many times does the same miracle performed by Jesus get recorded in all four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)? Honestly, I’m not going to give you time to really think about this, because the total number doesn’t require too much counting. That’s because...

Weeds, rocks, thorns – there’s a lot that threatens to kill newly sown seed. But what of those seeds that land in good soil? What of the seeds that are sown, that take off? What does one do with good growth and varied sizes of...

Jesus saves us even from our sinful selves My 3-year-old son has some favorite words and phrases that he likes to say all the time. They include answering questions with just the word “giraffe" (context doesn’t really matter), he also makes a joke of any question...

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...

What is Jesus talking about? When Jesus says, “and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” I immediately think how lucky I am...

Today on Father’s Day, when we want to be together and celebrate with love and family, we’ve got Jesus coming along saying “For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother.” What’s a preacher to do with...

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Solidarity March in downtown Madison sponsored by the African American Council of Churches. I haven’t been to many marches like this, but my husband Bjorn and I talked a lot about it and decided we should go. You...

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...

Where are you from? A number of African-American women spoke to the public at the end of the Black Lives Matter Solidarity March on Sunday evening. Madison Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney spoke about how quick we are to judge one another when we don’t even know each...

Instructions to Prepare for Holy Communion Before worship begins, set a table with enough bread and wine/grape juice for each person present. During our live-streamed worship service, a pastor will speak the familiar Words of Institution, “In the night in which He was betrayed…” At...

Holy Trinity Sunday Today is Holy Trinity Sunday on the church calendar and confession time, since becoming a pastor this has not been my favorite church holiday because today we are supposed to worship God together and celebrate, not an event that happened, but the belief...

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...

The First Pentecost The story of Pentecost from the Book of Acts has so much going on, that it’s hard to pick a highlight for our attention. Still, here’s what hits home for me, right now, from this great story of the Holy Spirit’s grand stirring...

Unknown Caller The other day my husband answered his cell phone and had an interesting conversation. He doesn’t usually answer numbers that he doesn’t recognize, and I could tell he didn’t know the person on the other end, but for some reason he answered anyway. My...

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...