From the Back Pew Blog

Why We Worship: Part Two

July 31, 2023

Earlier this summer, we examined “Why We Worship” in the first part of this summer blog series. 

We explored what worship is… which is a declaration to God and an important part of our relationship with Him. Worship is a way to express our love, adoration, and gratitude toward Him.

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How to Be More Charitable

July 26, 2023

An important tenet of Christianity is loving our neighbors as ourselves. After all, Jesus gave his life so that we could be absolved of sin and saved. Charity, or “agape (self-sacrificial love)” as it’s often referred to within Lutheran theology, is a fundamental element of the Christian life. As Lutherans, we believe in serving others and […]

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Who Are Some Famous Lutherans?

June 5, 2023

Since Martin Luther first nailed up his 95 theses on October 31st, 1517, people from all backgrounds have been drawn to his brand of rebellious but deeply  personal Christianity. Over the years, countless protestant artists, celebrities and athletes have joined the fold – many of them household names.  Minnesota has had its share of famous […]


Why We Worship: Part One

May 31, 2023

An Introduction to the Summer Blog Series Do you have a regular routine when you attend church on Sunday mornings? What is it? It seems like the majority of us follow this common routine: arrive, take our seats, stand to sing/pray, sit again and listen to the sermon, stand again for communion/to pray, and stay […]

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What Lutheran Podcasts Should I Listen To?

May 15, 2023

Lutheran podcasts offer a unique opportunity for Christians to dive deeper into their faith and explore a variety of subjects and viewpoints. Whether you’re a lifelong Lutheran or just starting to explore the teachings of Martin Luther, there’s a podcast to match your curiosity level. Listen in the car, while you’re making dinner or during […]

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How to Read The Bible

April 21, 2023

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. It’s a dense, ancient text that has multiple translations. Its earliest sections were written thousands of years ago by authors who had a very different story telling sensibility than we’re used to today. This different style may force you to slow down and consider the Bible in sections but […]

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Faith Based Parenting: New Parent Advice

March 1, 2023

There’s a lot of parenting advice out there. Hundreds of new parenting books flood the market every year but have you considered the one that’s over two thousand years old? The Bible is a wealth of parenting advice and lessons for all stages of life. How can new parents incorporate this tried and true resource […]

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How to Find Time for Prayer

January 12, 2023

Have you said “hello” to God lately? Just as you greet your spouse, your children, your neighbors or your coworkers, take a moment out of your day to say hello to our Lord. Prayer is a powerful and personal way to connect to the higher power and a key way we grow as spiritual beings. […]



December 16, 2022

A theme of Angels and “holy interruptions”

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Why Baptism is Important

December 9, 2022

Baptism is one of two Lutheran sacraments (the other being communion). It marks the beginning of a person’s holy journey by washing them in the Word of God. When did baptism start and why do we continue to do it today? Let’s look at the meaning of baptism and why it’s such an important part […]