Tempo Newsletter


February 2020

February 2020

I am not sure if St. Paul would have been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. As February 14 looms ahead and stores are stocking up on heart-shaped cards and candy, the focus is...


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January 2020

January 2020

The Village of Janga was a very different place than the rural town in Montana where I had grown up. People were still living in ways that they had probably lived for thousands of...


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December 2019

December 2019

One of the main themes of the Advent season in the Christian tradition is waiting. I think a reason for this is because one of the main characters in the Christmas story is a...


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November 2019

November 2019

Modern day economic theory assumes that resources are scarce. This means people will inevitably compete for those resources, which sets up cycles of supply and demand. The problem with this mindset of scarcity is...


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October 2019

October 2019

Over the next few months you are going to be hearing more about the “RIC Process.” RIC stands for “Reconciled in Christ.” It is a program within our ELCA Lutheran church whose purpose is...


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September 2019

September 2019

When Paul wrote these words to Timothy he most likely was in prison in Rome. He knew his ministry might be coming to an end and possibly his life as well. He uses the...


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August 2019

August 2019

The Ganges River in India is one of the most revered rivers on earth, and yet it is also one of the most polluted rivers on the planet. It is polluted for a number...


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July 2019

July 2019

Is the Jordan River still a holy place?  This summer we are doing a special sermon series on rivers in the Bible. If I had to pick one river in Scripture that I would...


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June 2019

June 2019

Lake Pend Oreille surrounds the small town of Sandpoint, Idaho. Last summer my brother organized the rental of a house near the lake just down the road from Sandpoint. We had been to Big...


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May 2019

May 2019

Did you know that you are a priest? I realize that may come as a surprise to you since you probably do not wear a clergy collar, you probably do not work in a...


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