Commemorating the Faithful Departed

The loss of loved ones can be especially hard to bear when the holidays arrive. Intense memories of special times together make it hard to feel joyful. For All Saints Day this year our congregation commemorated the life and witness of the members of our congregation that the Lord had called home. We started with…

Plant-Based, Whole Foods Update

I have two updates to share related to my experiment with a plant-based, whole foods diet. First, the iron level in my blood has not dropped due to this diet. In the past I had struggled to keep my iron level in the good range, even taken an iron supplement at one time. I first…

The Rest of the Rest

Time to finish up my series on ballot measures before the election happens in just a few days. There are three ballot measures to approve medical marijuana in Missouri this year, that’s right, three. The only difference in the proposals is in how much the income from medical marijuana will be taxed and what the…

2018, South Central Minnesota Studio Art Tour

Artist take a variety of approaches to displaying their creations at the annual South Central Minnesota Studio Art Tour. Some find a corner of an art gallery, some open their home-based studios for people to come and view their work and some throw a party compete with live music, a food truck and free beer.…

Holy Trinity/Un-holy trinity

Christians believe that the one, true God is a three-in-one God; three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, in one divine essence or being. The three persons of the Holy Trinity are united in all that they do, especially in their work of bringing us to faith in…

Border Walls and Congressional District Boundaries

We hear a lot about the wall that President Trump wants to build along the border between Mexico and the United States. Another major issue that regularly comes up is drawing up the border boundaries for congressional districts. Voters in five state will be voting on various ballot measures related to how the congressional district…

The Unlimited Flow of Gambling Revenue

I am always stunned when I read about how much money Americans spend on gambling. In Maryland, for example, it is estimated that the annual earnings from the state’s six casinos is over $500 million. That’s just the earnings so what is actually spent on gambling in Maryland is easily in the billions and that’s…