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We Do Declare

There are certain times in our lives when we’re essentially “coasting along,” working to keep things moving forward or at least not slipping backwards. There are other times when we make a commitment—a declaration—to make significant progress and accomplish specific goals. Redeemer’s leadership has embraced just such a “declaration” moment. Our five ministry declarations are: […]

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A Church on a Mission

In the April newsletter, I introduced the newly developed mission statement that our leadership will use to guide decisions, to focus efforts and to build momentum for ministry in the coming years: OUR MISSION: To join God’s work by reaching, discipling and equipping people to courageously and authentically live out God’s Word in Brooklyn Park […]

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Christmas in July?

After the past winter engulfed us, you might not be missing the snow, ice and cold. Spring came late, and then with all the rain and melting snow, so did summer. It’s understandable if you’re feeling that, now that we’re into the golden days of early summer, THIS is in fact the most wonderful time […]

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Declarations of Interdependence

I’m sure there have been times in your life when you were part of something much bigger than yourself—something you couldn’t possibly achieve single-handedly—and that required a team of individuals willing to contribute sacrificially to the shared mission of the group, willing to be there for each other and to rely on one another. As […]

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The Least of These

Have you ever wondered why you choose to hang out with the people you do? Generally, we like to spend time with people we consider friends, and in most cases, those friendships are based on mutuality: we enjoy each other’s company, there’s the give-and-take of rapport and relationship, and both of us end up encouraged […]

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Vision: A Picture of Our Shared Future

As the gears of the upcoming presidential election cycle churn into motion, I can only imagine that it’s just a matter of time before we hear about a candidate’s “2020 vision.” There’s something about a clearly articulated vision that can galvanize a group into action, that can catalyze excitement, energy and focus, and that can […]

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A New Year’s Invitation

Happy New Year! I hope and pray that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas celebration with friends and family, and that your year gets off to a wonderfully blessed start. It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to hang up the new calendars, but 2019 is upon us, so here we go! Every new year […]

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Home for Christmas

Ask a group of people to list ten words that come to mind when hearing the word “home,” and some common themes might emerge: family, house/apartment, warmth, security, belonging, etc. Ask enough people, though, and you’d discover that not all the words and thoughts are positive. Words like conflict, uncertainty, strain and regret might appear […]

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