1. On the 31st of October

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    October 23, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    pirate phoebe

     For most people, October 31 is a day when church is the farthest thing from their minds. Kids dress up …
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  2. The Day Is Near


    September 10, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire


    “The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than …
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  3. Questions of Faith: A Sermon Series with Barbara Brown Taylor

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    August 20, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    learning to walk in the dark

    We have just finished a three-week sermon series called “Questions of Faith” at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Each week I introduced the topic, read a selection from one of Barbara Brown Taylor’s books, and showed a video clip…

  4. Happy 34th Birthday, Harry Potter!


    July 31, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    HP birthday cake

    In honor of the 34th birthday of The-Boy-Who-Lived, Harry Potter, lots of Potterheads are celebrating with lists of quotes, favorite …
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  5. Matter Matters to God

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    July 16, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    Pastor Ben & Barbara Brown Taylor at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis during the Festival of Homiletics.

    “Matter matters to God.” This nugget of wisdom came from the lips of one my latest favorite theologians, Barbara Brown …
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  6. Yokes

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    July 2, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire


    I’m so tired! I’m exhausted! I’m stressed out! These are probably the most common complaints that I hear in daily …
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  7. Daddy Moments


    June 11, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire

    We often assign more weight to the things in our life that feel urgent – we put off things that are “just for fun” as if they’re less important. But sometimes, there’s fun waiting to be had that will yield moments of connection and memories that last a lifetime.

    I’m not usually a very sentimental guy. When we moved I was much happier pitching a lot of stuff than …
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