I was on a group retreat a few years ago and someone on the retreat gave me an inspiring bookmark which I have always kept. The front of the bookmark read, “My God I Love Thee”, followed by, “The best and shortest prayer.” This struck me as so true. My God I love you! Our prayers do not need…

This Mother’s Day is like none we have ever quite experienced thanks to the coronavirus pandemic impacting lives around the planet. It finds many North Dakotans without a paycheck, threatened with loss of housing, anxious about their health care coverage, and worried about loved ones who are…

After losing three weeklies and experiencing painful belt-tightening all across the industry, North Dakota didn’t need a pandemic to push local newspapers closer to the brink.

The Founding Fathers, mostly Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, didn’t expect that a by-product of federalism would be state bankruptcies. But that is what could happen if we adopted U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that states buried in debt because of the virus …

Producers will have an opportunity to learn more about soil health during a series of webinars North Dakota State University Extension is hosting.

This pandemic has caused me to reflect on the experience of my generation. For my adolescence and adulthood has been branded by major events, which have shaped us as a generation. It started for me with the Columbine school shooting and has included the milestones of 9/11, a recession as we …

Yesterday (April 14th) Brenda, Christopher and I were driving back from Bismarck and heading down US 85 South to Bowman.  

I first read C.S. Lewis’ famous work, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, while in seminary many years ago.

As I write this article we are entering Holy Week. For Christians, Holy Week offers the profound opportunity to move with Jesus through Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and finally, Easter. Holy Week carries us through the humiliation; pain and suffering Jesus experienced on our b…

As our country faces the devastating impacts of COVID-19, our national parks still stand as beacons of our highest ideals. They share our national history and culture, conserve pristine landscapes, boost our local economies, and, especially during this trying time, offer places of solace.

Some of the most challenging things in life are those things we call decisions: to buy a home, marriage, having children, higher education, careers, vehicles, medical providers, and the list goes on and on. God created humans with a unique ability to make decisions. We can decide just about …

Uncertainty is not a comfortable feeling. Not knowing an outcome can cause stress, anxiety, and fear.  The current pandemic has made all of us feel uncertain to some degree. We wonder how long this will last,how we will make ends meet, and what should we do during this lingering time of unce…

The grocery industry of the USA and particularly North Dakota is working overtime to meet the needs of our customers. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly changed the way our industry operates, but it has not stopped the cows from milking, the corn from becoming cereal and the fruit trees ha…

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…

I love Christian worship music.  It is a way that God has ministered to me repeatedly over the years, but it is also something that has to be rooted in Scriptural truth.  I cannot remember exactly the first time that I heard the song “Another One in the Fire”, but it brought to life vividly …

There are many things we don’t talk about.  Some are too personal and would embarrass.  Some are too painful to even think about and we fill our minds with thoughts that hurt less.  The abandonment of a childhood home to the weather and eventual destruction is a painful thought. The place th…

Among all the Christmas cheer, the blessings and the baby’s birth, there’s always got to be a Grinch.

Hello, I’ll start this week by wishing all of you a Merry Christmas.  And probably a Happy New Year!  Twas two nights before Christmas as I write this.

The Christmas season is all but over. While Christmas is a time of remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, spending time with family and friends, not to mention the giving and receiving of gifts, we have to quickly shift our focus to the upcoming New Year. The New Year is always an exciting a…

Hello, Maybe you noticed that I didn’t get a column in last week. I apologize. It’s not my fault.

Since the very beginning the people of God (Christians and the church) have been asking how do we live in a society and culture that thinks Jesus is irrelevant to their lives at best or maybe even outright dismissive or hostile.

I need to confess to you all that November and December stress me out. It goes beyond the professional demands of this busy time and my annoyance at the phenomenon known as the “Christmas Creep”. I think part it is a result of all those extra holiday expectations. And I am guessing I am not …

Hello, December is a tough month for me. My notes are due at the bank. My calves are just weaned and usually I have to doctor a few that catch a cold after weaning.