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The Pastor’s Pen June, 2011

The Pastor’s Pen Editors Note: While Pastor Selbo is on sabatical a selection of his previous ‘Pastor’s Pens’ will be published. This reprint is from June 2004. Sometimes people make New Year’s...

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The Pastor’s Pen July, 2011

Editors Note: While Pastor Selbo is on sabatical a selection of his previous ‘Pastor’s Pens’ will be published.  This reprint is from July 2005. ______________________________________________   “My...

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The Pastor’s Pen August, 2011

The Pastor’s Pen Editors Note: While Pastor Selbo is on sabbatical a selection of his previous ‘Pastor’s Pens’ will be published.  This reprint is from 2005.   In early July, within a five-day period,...

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The Pastor’s Pen September, 2011

The Pastor’s Pen It is with a spirit of deep gratitude that I return from my sabbatical and enter once again into the daily life and ministry of St. Andrew.  The three-month leave granted by the...

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The Pastor’s Pen December, 2011

The Pastor’s Pen Dr. Oswald Hoffman tells the story of a woman who brought a picture at a rummage sale for $3.  She was attracted to it because she thought it was pretty.  It showed Mary and the baby...

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The Pastor’s Pen February, 2012

The Pastor’s Pen As you and I journey through life we find ourselves living in particular places or locations. I’m thinking not only of physical or geographic locations, like a hometown or a college...

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Pastor’s Pen – April 2012

The Pastor’s Pen One of my favorite parts of the Easter story is when the angel says to the women, “Go quickly and tell Jesus’ disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead and is going ahead of you to...

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Pastor’s Pen for May

The Pastor’s Pen On Easter Sunday we heard the amazing news that the story of Jesus isn’t over.  When the women went to the tomb early on the first day of the week, they discovered that the tomb was...

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Pastor’s Pen for June

The Pastor’s Pen     “O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!       O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”...

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Pastor’s Pen

The Pastor’s Pen Have you ever stopped to consider just how “physical” is the Christian faith?  Have you ever stopped to consider the extent to which Christianity might be called an “embodied”...

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September Pastor’s Pen

The Pastor’s Pen In last month’s Encounter I shared a little bit about our work camp trip to Hawley, Minnesota.  During the week of July 14-20, a group of youth and adults from St. Andrew joined with...

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Pastor’s Pen, October

The Pastor’s Pen As I mentioned in last month’s Encounter, beginning September 29 and continuing through each of the Sundays in October, I will be preaching a sermon series on five key questions asked...

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Pastor’s Pen November, 2013

The Pastor’s Pen Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” – Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the Lord!  In other words,...

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December Pastor’s Pen

The Pastor’s Pen As many of you know, in early November I had the opportunity to participate in a Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity trip to the Central American country of El Salvador.  Along with...

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Pastor’s Pen – February

The Pastor’s Pen “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 Those are words that are spoken each time a person is...

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Pastor’s Pen – March, 2014

The Pastor’s Pen - March, 2014 On the last Sunday in Epiphany, March 2, you and I will ascend the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus and three of his closest disciples.  As we prepare to begin our...

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Pastor’s Pen for April 2014

The Pastor’s Pen On Sunday, April 20, we join with Christians all over the world in celebrating the greatest event ever – the resurrection of our Lord.  Jesus being raised from the dead represents...

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Pastor’s Pen, June 2014

The Pastor’s Pen Sunday, June 8, is our Festival of Music Sunday.  Please remember that there is only one worship service that day – a combined service at 9:30 a.m. that features all of the musical...

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Pastor’s Pen – August, 2014

The Pastor’s Pen Pastor Selbo is on vacation, this is a reprint of an article written by Pastor Selbo in 2010 but it is very timely and very relevant today. – the editor By the time you read this, the...

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Pastor’s Pen for September by Pastor Mark Selbo

The Pastor’s Pen In the July issue of “The Lutheran” magazine, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes about the value and importance of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.  Originally intended by...

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