On May 4, 2006, this blog,¬†The Heart of a Pastor, was born. I didn’t pick this day because it is Star Wars Day. You know what a I mean, right? “May the 4th be with you“. Dorky I know, but even though I like Star Wars, this day was completely arbitrary 11 years ago.

Eleven years ago my wife showed me this thing that the pastor at her former church was doing. I had never heard of a blog before so I explored this “thing”. I liked what I saw so I decided to give this blogging thing a whirl. I started at Type Pad and wrote there for a while. I liked it but I had to pay for it, so when I eventually discovered WordPress, I transferred everything over.

My blogging over the years has been up and down, and this blog has gone through a number of changes. Through it all, though, I have grown with this blog. Even though the readership of this blog may not be all that large, I do enjoy writing; even if only for one person. So if you’re reading this, thank you for stopping by. I hope and pray that God is glorified through my writing. How long will I keep this up? I don’t know. As long as God keeps giving me things to writing, I will write.

So there you have it. The eleven year anniversary of this little blog. My God bless your day and May the 4th be with you.

Sorry, I had to say it ūüôā

The Pastor -|—


What a blessing

I feel incredibly blessed…

Yesterday the congregation I serve celebrated the 5 year anniversary of my ordination (which is on July 2).¬† There was a special recognition of this occasion during worship in addition to a number of other surprises my wife and others cooked up (and let me tell you…as a pastor who is used to leading worship, it was a little uncomfortable not knowing what was going on in worship…but I still really enjoyed and appreciated what they did).¬† Connie’s very musical family was there to provide special music and brass accompaniment during the hymns and offering.¬† My mom read scripture and the church presented me with a gift.¬† After worship there was a cake/coffee reception for me (something the community was invited to, along with worship).¬† These were all things I was truly unworthy of, but it was nice to experience this affirmation of my call here.¬† I feel incredibly blessed for God has done amazing things here through all of us.

So many people were involved to help make this a special day and they tried so hard to keep things from me (which was tough considering we live and serve in a small town and small congregation), but they did a great job.¬† So if you are one of those people reading this…THANK YOU!…yesterday will be a day I will always remember and treasure.¬† But the main we all need to remember (and something that people highlighted yesterday) is that through it all…in everything that happens good and bad…PRAISE BE TO GOD!

Thank you to Salem and Belmont Lutheran Churches and to the community of Jackson.  Connie and I are very happy to be part of these communities.  PRAISE BE TO GOD!



It’s hard to believe that our (mine and Connie’s) big weekend was only four years ago.¬† Four years ago today friends and family from all over came for a long weekend.¬† The festivities started on a Friday¬†with my ordination (by that time I had been serving at Salem for about a month).¬† Representatives from Salem made the 2 1/2 hour trip up to Dawson to be there for the ordination service as well.¬† The council president processed in with Salem’s processional cross and recessed out with it (I had heard of that idea from a classmate of mine).¬† My grandma read scripture (she said she was almost in tears as she read, which misted up my eyes).¬† My mom and dad presented my stole to Bishop Jon (a stole my mom had specially made for me). Then Bishop Jon did something that¬†I will always remember.¬† After the pastors came forward to lay hands on me, Bishop Jon invited my family to come forward to do the same thing.¬† It was such a powerful moment for me.¬† It wasn’t just¬†one select person laying hands on me, but the Church; the community of believers; my family.¬† I will forever remember that moment and day.

But I would be in a lot of trouble if I did not mention the BIG part of the fun weekend.¬† July 2 is my ordination anniversary, but July 3 is my wedding anniversary (4 years married to my lovely bride).¬† Like I said…it was a big and fun weekend.¬† Connie figured that since family was coming for the wedding anyway that we might as well have my ordination that same weekend.¬† And of all the people involved, I think my mom was the happiest about that arrangement.¬† Since my mom really didn’t have much to do with the wedding planning, my mom took charge of my ordination planning (I planned the worship and mom took everything else).¬† And my mom did a great job.¬† Before the service, my folks hosted a BBQ at the house and after the worship service, mom arranged a ice cream social outside the church on the sidewalk.¬† Leave it to my mom to get creative like that.

But as I look back…the past four years have flown right by.¬† Connie and I have had some wonderful moments here and we can definitely see having many more years of wonderful moments here in Jackson.¬† We have made some lifelong friends here and the longer we are here the more Jackson feels like home.

How many more years will we be here?¬† That’s a tough question to answer.¬† The litmus test for me is this:¬† Does God have work for me to do here?¬† And as of now the answer is “Yes”.¬† So with that I continue my ministry and our life here in Jackson at Salem and Belmont Lutheran Churches.¬† And hopefully…in a year…you will find me writing about a wonderful five years of ministry here in Jackson, MN.