Pastor’s Column

Pastor’s Column: Bruce Talso, Police Chaplain

Pastor Bruce Talso is a volunteer Police Chaplain for the Brooklyn Park and Champlin Police Departments. He writes of his role as a chaplain to meet the needs of grieving family members while helping them process traumatic experiences. He also ministers to the police officers in their service to the community.

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Pastor’s Column: Rev. Amy Luukkonen, Women’s Prison Chaplain

Rev. Amy Luukkonen serves as a Chaplain in the Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility. Here she writes about doing ministry in such a confining environment, and how she’s found a humble acceptance that God is working to create a sacred space even amidst all of the boundaries of prison.

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Pastor’s Column: Deb Eigen, Corporate Chaplain at Aagard

What is a Corporate Chaplain? Deb Eigen shares about her ministry in a marketplace setting and how she aims to build up each employee at Aagard Corporation through encouragement, emotional care, prayer, and resources.

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Pastor’s Column: Reflections on Jeff Sessions and Romans 13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments regarding immigrant families, and his citation of Romans 13:1 as the basis for obedience to the laws of the State, represent a deep misunderstanding and misapplication of the relationship between the Church and the State that is consistent with the misunderstanding of Romans 13 that has long plagued the Church. The Christendom interpretation of Romans 13 has warped our view of the relationship between the Church and State. The New Testament shows little interest in proper statecraft; rather, the New Testament shows concern for how the Church will witness to Christ. As a Church in these challenging times, we are going to need a much deeper and more reflective understanding of the many ways we have been made a pawn of East of Eden powers, and untangle ourselves from these misunderstandings that have done so much damage to our witness, and to our ability to live out the heart of God in the world.

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Sankofa 2018 Reflection: Dr. Greg Boyd, Woodland Hills Church

Dr. Greg Boyd’s reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Dr. Boyd is the Senior Pastor at Woodland Hills Church. Here he writes about his initial reluctance to going on this group journey, and yet how hearing the stories of the African-American brothers and sisters journeying with him had a profound impact on him. Dr. Boyd shares how this experiential and relational journey to slavery and Civil Rights landmarks devastated him, hurt him and changed him.

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Sankofa 2018 Reflection: Pastor David Lenz, Hope Church

Pastor David Lenz’s reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. David Lenz is the Lead Pastor at Hope Church in Richfield. Here he writes about the intensity of feelings he experienced on Sankofa 2018: ranging from grief and anger to bewilderment. Acknowledging that by facing our country’s past he came face to face with pure evil; and yet believing that facing the past is the only way we can move forward, together.

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Sankofa 2018 Reflection: Kenya Mejia, Urban Refuge Church

Kenya Mejia’s reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Kenya Mejia is on staff at The Urban Refuge Church in Minneapolis. Here she writes about being inspired by the brave Civil Rights workers who fought for equal rights, and as a woman of color, how their struggle bolstered her sense of identity and self-worth.

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Sankofa 2018 Reflection: Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards, Sanctuary Covenant Church

Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards’ reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Dr. Edwards is the Senior Pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church. Here he writes about the questions and feelings that arose in him after seeing a lynching memorial listing names from Laurens County, SC – where his mother was raised.

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Sankofa 2018 Reflection: Gail Gisi, Union Gospel Mission

Gail Gisi’s reflection of the 2018 Sankofa journey. Gail is the Director of Adult Education and Training at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. Here she writes about the way the “lens” of her mind and heart was adjusted in just four days, and the many lessons she learned while traveling with this team.

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Pastor’s Column: Reflecting on Dramatic Growth and Evangelism

Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN was included as #10 among the fastest growing churches in the country, according to Outreach Magazine. Pastor Brent Birdsall says he cannot point to a strategic plan, specific program nor evangelistic effort to credit the growth. But, here he shares three observations he’s noticed while reflecting on Berean’s stewardship of that growth.

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