Pastor’s Note

Did you catch today’s Gospel reading (John 8:31-36)? It was short. Just four verses. Barely enough characters to fill up two “Tweets” on Twitter. Allow me to read it again. Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in...

A Variety of Denominations We’ve started confirmation for our church’s Middle Schoolers recently. We’re Zooming with about 25 6th graders on Tuesday nights and around 75 7th & 8th graders on Wednesdays. It’s their weekly mid-week Christian education time. This year, our young people will be learning...

A Sense of Urgency This parable about a wedding banquet gone wrong is a bizarre story (Matthew 22:1-14). Matthew, our gospel writer, extends Jesus’ parable, adding even more dire twists and turns because, scholars believe, Matthew is trying to convey to his audience, and to us,...

Season in Review Thank you to all who volunteered, donated and prayed for the garden this year!  We produced ~1400lbs of peas, beans, melons, corn, tomatoes and squash.  We had ~60 volunteers give their time with a total of over 450 volunteer hours donated.  Even in...

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...

Chilly Mornings, Warm Beds The weather in these last couple days and nights has shifted. Its chilly out there! I’ve quickly transitioned to snuggling under the covers for my night’s sleep. And I’m already finding it more difficult to crawl out of my cozy blankets in...

Living in Harmony? I don’t know about you, but I am someone who hates disagreement and conflict. About 6 years ago, our church staff took personality inventories and I learned that my number one strength is “HARMONY." That means I want everyone to get along and...

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...

Changing Seasons Here in Madison we’re making it through the hottest week of the summer. As I sat on our back deck the other evening when the sun was lower in the sky, it was still 80 degrees out, but the leaves from the neighbor’s tree...

Heard any good St. Peter jokes lately? So one day Ole passed away and arrived at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter greeted him and said, “In order to get into heaven, you have to answer 3 questions correctly.” Ole said, “Well alright, what’s the...

Wrestling with the Law As we continue through Paul’s letter to the Romans, you'll hear the same reminder tonight (Romans 10:5-15) that you heard last week from Pastor Chris (Romans 10:1-5). The author of Romans, Paul, is a brilliant, faithful Jewish man articulating the insights God has...

A Legendary Fish Tale In my family there are a few stories that over the years of being told have morphed into family legends. One of them involves a fishing tournament, my aunt and uncle and me. One Saturday when I was a kid, my aunt...

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...