Right after Jesus has finished washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus tells his disciples in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you…

The musician known by the stage name of Alice Cooper once said, “Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian is a real act of rebellion.” This is because; Christians are called to a standard of living that is very different than the standard of the rest the…

When my son, dad and I went spearing, Dad had his ice saw in the back of the truck. We put it in the sled and hauled it out. But we didn’t use it. We could have, but the lithium ion auger popped the holes and within minutes the ice was clear and we were ready for action. We had the old schoo…

My name is Theresa Liebsch and I am the new Vision Zero Coordinator for the Southwest Region of North Dakota. My main goal is to reduce the number of motor vehicle deaths throughout the state by educating the public about traffic safety.

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The latest update from North Dakota Game and Fish Department director Terry Steinwand includes a brief review as to the challenges from last year and Game and Fish priorities through 2021.

AARP North Dakota strongly opposes a bill in the North Dakota Legislature that grants nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care (LTC) facilities immunity related to COVID-19.

I am encouraged by the following words of Sacred Scripture from 1 John 5:4-5, “The victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” The troubles of the world, our nation, and our own lives may lead u…

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

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The question has been asked in all facets of our understanding: Are you ready? Maybe in reference to losing power in your home during a storm. Are you ready just in case you run off the road traveling on these wintry North Dakota highways? For maybe a home burglary? A flat? Whatever the case…

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Something is exciting about new things. Cars that have that new car smell, new tools or gadgets that aren’t scuffed from repeated use, and (my personal favorite) the smell and feel of a new book that crackles when you open the cover, all these things bring a certain joy. There’s also nothing…

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Because I trashed the Electoral College recently, I was challenged to write a few honest words about the most commonly touted alternative – direct election.

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Traditions are not limited to the holidays, but these holy seasons are ripe with traditions and rituals. The bible is full of references to traditions and festivals. Traditions are not limited to this time of year. For instance, the annual pilgrimage out to the lake for Memorial Day, July 4t…

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The existence of the Electoral College became a major bone of contention in the 2020 election because it once again exposed the College’s bias against Democratic presidential candidates. To win, a Democrat must get at least 3,000,000 more popular votes than a Republican.

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Efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional republicans to subvert the clerk-like, ministerial and ceremonial counting of electoral votes on January 6 is a witches’ brew for undermining the Constitution and American Democracy.

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1 Timothy 1:15-16 says “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an examp…

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Last week I heard the title of a song that caused me to question the reason for it! I almost thought, well actually did think, it was a song that was written in bad taste and one that would ridicule our Lord and Savior. The title of the song is, “O Come, All Ye Unfaithful” but when I listene…

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A reaching for togetherness, nurturing mutual concern, sensing a common bond. These make up the stuff of “community”. “Community” defines us as human beings.

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Recently I read an article by Bishop David Kagan in our diocesan newspaper. He shared something about Advent that helped me to think about it in a new way. Bishop explained that he never forgot a remark a priest made during a preached retreat when he was in high school seminary. The priest s…

Speaking from a secular platform, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel to roll back the limitations the State of New York had placed on gatherings of over 10 people.

The holiday season from Thanksgiving to the New Year is a joyous time of celebration, family gatherings, holiday parties, caroling, a time of good cheer lived out and enjoyed in so many ways. The interesting fact, though is, the holiday season is also a very stressful time.

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It’s not written in any expert ice safety advice column, but I’ll always remind hard-water anglers how valuable experience can be. If you’ve never tried ice fishing before this pandemic impacted year, with all the cancellations of activities and events, now might be the time to pick up a new…

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This presidential transition, from President Donald Trump to President-Elect Joe Biden, represents a timely opportunity for Americans to become more familiar with the scope of presidential authority, as provided under Article II of the Constitution.

In America, we nurse the illusion that all people are equal. In fact, many of us claim that the equal worth of human beings is the bed rock upon which democracy in the United States was built.

North Dakota is in the midst of dealing with two public health crises, the recent and pervasive COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing behavioral health crisis of both substance use disorders and mental health issues. Not surprisingly, the emergence of COVID-19 has exacerbated the already overwhe…

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The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of American democracy, a national treasure envied throughout the world. Yet, we dare not take it for granted, for its perpetuation depends on the good faith, good will and integrity of leaders and citizens alike.

Our community, society, and nation is filled with sin, brokenness, sadness, and in this life our worst enemy death. And, yet as we approach this Thanksgiving and Christmas season were we are all hoping to find some respite from what we have been experiencing. Paul reminds us that our true jo…

When the U.S. Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, the delegates came thinking their job was to amendment the Articles of Confederation. When they begin to think about the problems with the Articles, they disregarded the convention call and set about building a stronger nat…

Psalm 133 says. “How good and pleasant it is when siblings live together in unity!” I am sure my grandmother thought this quite a bit as my sister and I were growing up with the handful of cousins that also would be around when we were in there care. And that is because like most children we…

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I am certain almost every one of us as one time or another has asked this question, “Where is God?” Over the last eight months of this pandemic and the last year or so with the Presidential Election I am sure that question has resonated many times in our minds and on our lips!

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In September of 2020, the Scranton FFA Ag in the Classroom committee applied for a $400 grant to help defray costs of the elementary program where the Scranton FFA provides educational opportunities for K-4th grade. In October, the committee was informed they received the $400 that was reque…

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In October, Scranton students were acknowledged for the character attribute of “Effort” (Giving your best in everything you choose to do; trying without giving up or giving in; making the most of every opportunity).

A scripture passage that recently “jumped out” at me in prayer is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians chapter 1, verses 3-6, “Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before t…

“America was founded on Christian principles,” it has been claimed. Very few dare contradict this claim because people think you have to be an atheist to doubt it.

The letter below was first printed on October 2, 2020.  The author called asking us to correct two lines in the second paragraph, so that the quote from Mother Teresa is not attributed to Jesus. The BCP apologizes for any confusion this might have caused.

Happiness and joy are often lumped together when describing the emotions of pleasure and satisfaction. But happiness seems a very fleeting emotion. We might feel happy one moment but lose that happiness when something inconvenient, uncomfortable, or downright sad happens the next moment. Bib…

Chairperson Ork Dorken hadn’t even rapped his Cole bottle on the table when Old Sievert burst into the community ZCBJ hall to join the town’s 13 other electors for a meeting of the Community Homeland Committee.

History confirms the keen insight of James Madison’s warning in No. 51 of the Federalist Papers that the greatest challenge confronting the republic is persuading the government to obey the law.  Governmental practice and sweeping, unfounded claims to power, reveal officials’ frequent indiff…

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While 2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least, there is some good news in the outdoors as many of North Dakota’s bird and big game populations are on the rise.  

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All civics classes should begin with the first principle of American Constitutionalism: Government has only that power granted to it by the Constitution. As Justice Hugo Black stated in Reid v. Covert in 1957, “The United States is entirely a creature of the Constitution. Its power and autho…

I write this because of the important need for all of us who pledge our allegiance to following Jesus are called by Scripture to reject cultural trends that go against Scriptural teaching even as we love and pray for our community, state, nation, and world. During these trying times we find …