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  • Digging In The Dirt October 3, 2019
    Some call it “Call Out Culture.” Some call it “Cancel Culture.” Whatever one may call it, our modern culture seems to enjoy digging up, listening to, and wallowing in, the dirt of people’s lives. Most of our modern news cycle is nothing more than that. Dirt, (or sometimes not really dirt), dug up, spun, reported, […]
    Rev. Daniel T. Torkelson
  • You Can Always Pray September 4, 2019
    Hurricane Dorian is still moving up the Florida coast some 135 miles off of it…deciding if it wants to be a problem or not. So I will pray that it goes out and plays with the fish, rather than with the people of Florida and parts of Georgia. Yes. I will pray. I will pray […]
    Rev. Daniel T. Torkelson
  • Be Careful What You Shout For May 16, 2019
    The old saying, in its least religious form, was “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” Among Christians you hear it said this way: “Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it.” But in our increasingly polarized situation, the new adage might be: “Be careful what you shout […]
    Rev. Daniel T. Torkelson
  • Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust: Why Lutherans Receive Ashes on Ash Wednesday March 3, 2019
    Originally posted on Life Through Lutheran Lenses: Many non-Lutherans wonder why their Lutheran friends or family members wear ashes on their forehead at the beginning of Lent. Are they showing off? Are they trying to stand out? Is it some weird secret church ritual? What does it mean? Should I get them too? There are…
    Rev. Daniel T. Torkelson
  • #THEBETTERMESSAGE      Coming in Lent! March 3, 2019
    Heb. 6  9 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. In a world full of seemingly as many opinions, philosophies, religions, social constructs, and overall “positions” as there are people, one thing is making itself more clear to me by the day: […]
    Rev. Daniel T. Torkelson