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Gathered to be Transformed

Here we are, only a couple of weeks away from ending the Season of Easter, the time in the church year that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and, yet, our gospel text isn’t focused on Jesus’ Resurrection, but instead, it is focused on the time just before Jesus’ death. For the past few weeks we have been reading about the teachings of Jesus just before he was arrested. We are trying…

​You’re Not Alone

My cousin Nate is on his way from North Carolina to Alaska…driving his motorcycle. He stopped at our house tonight, and showed me all of his gadgets so that he can ride alone, but still feel safe and connected. He figured with the list of friends and family “following” him, if he gets in trouble surely someone will know a way he can get help, no matter where he needs it. Every evening…

Gathered to Make Room

Everyone wants to know that there is room for them, regardless of where they are, or the group they are with. Here at Salem do we have room for everyone? Is there room for everyone, those who are already here and visitors & guests? I’m not just talking about physical space, although that is important, but is there room for their ideas, for their needs, and their dreams? And these same questions…

Room To Spare!

A couple of weeks ago, Jill and I went to Austin to visit our daughter and son-in-law. We had such a good time with them, and to be honest, we didn’t really do a whole lot except spend time with them relaxing and enjoying catching up on everything happening in our lives. I think part of what made it so relaxing and fun is their house. Up until a couple of years ago, they owned a very…

Gathered to Recognize His Voice

How do you know who to listen to these days? I mean seriously, there are so many voices out there trying to get our attention it is almost impossible to know who is the right person, group, movement, etc. to listen to. For parents it can be exceptionally hard to get your children to listen to you when so many others are offering different information. When our kids were young, we developed…

Gather Around the Table

Dear Salem Family,

I love food. Many of you know I love food. I love to cook, dine out, share a meal, experiment with new recipes, I love food. But, I think what I love most about food is that it brings people together. Whether it’s two people sharing a meal or a huge party, food brings people together. These last couple of weeks, I was reminded multiple times about how much I…

Gathered to See

A couple of months ago, Jill and I were out to dinner with our kids and grandkids. It was a weeknight and we were at a local bar and grill. The restaurant is very family friendly and one which our grand kids love because it has all kinds of activities do while you are there. Oversized games like “Connect the Dots” can keep them busy while the adults chat and relax. On this particular…

Strangers On The Road

Prior to Easter, Kari, Maren, and I joined my sister and her family to take our annual trip together. We started doing these trips about six years ago to spend quality time together with my sisters family and explore the USA and beyond. This year we headed to Vegas and then drove through the Mojave desert picking up Route 66 to Los Angeles. We then headed up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco…

​Holy Week – not just for grown ups

We have something at Salem that is fairly unique in a church setting. In case you haven’t noticed, kids are not only involved in Sunday school and youth group, but they are an integral part of our worship services. On any given Sunday, kids are greeting, ushering, running screens, helping in the nursery and leading worship. Holy Week was a good example: kids of all ages paraded into the…

Life Renewed, Gathered to Love

I often try to imagine what it must have been like to witness that first Easter morning at the tomb. When I was in Jerusalem a couple of years ago and we sat in the area that many believe was the place of the tomb, I imagined what it might have been like to be sitting out of sight but watching what happened. Imagine it’s dark and the sun is just about to rise. You can see that red glow…

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