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Beast Mode

I attended a local parade this weekend where there was a young man seated next to me wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a drawing of a gorilla’s face in full roar. The gorilla was wearing sunglasses and a hat. Written in large letters on the underside of the visor of the hat were the words, […]

A Prayer

Father in heaven, it’s happened again. By now, we are almost numb to it. It’s becoming a regular occurrence. Lord, we are heartbroken not just at the events and the loss of life in Orlando, but at how our hearts are becoming calloused to it.  We are calloused by the media’s constant, persistent, unrelenting coverage […]

Pony Express

The Pony Express operated for only 19 months in 1860-1861 but became an American legend, epitomizing the American spirit of bravery and getting the job done no matter what adversity one faced. Prior to the start of the Pony Express, getting a letter from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in only ten days was […]


I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone use the word “virtue.”  I think some years ago I remember somebody saying, “Patience is a virtue.”   Which, if we were to ponder it at all, would tend to make us think that a virtue is any one of a number of positive character traits.  […]

Mysterious Ways

by Dan Jones We’ve all heard that “God works in mysterious ways,” but this is another one of those phrases we’re all sure is in our Bibles somewhere– but it’s not.   The phrase is actually a misquote of a line in an English hymn written in 1773 by William Cowper. The actual lyric is, […]

Fire and Brimstone

by Dan Jones Almost 40 years ago or so, I was sitting in my grandmother’s living room when the WCCO TV News played the song, “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” as part of a news story. Yes, this is when Dave Moore and Bud Kraehling did the evening news and weather.   My […]


    This Saturday marks the most revered, most treasured, most sacrosanct of all Minnesota’s secular high holy days: Fishing Opener. (Cue choir of walleyes singing in the background.) It’s so important that, since 1948, both the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Minnesota are required to fish on that day, under […]

National Day of Prayer

  The 65th Annual National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May5. The chosen theme is Wake Up America!  The selected verse is Isaiah 58:1a: Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Honorary Chairman Dr. Tony Evans has written a special prayer: “Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today […]