Craig Pederson

Shutdown slowdown blues

By Pastor Craig Pederson Before I felt the call to explore ordained ministry, I was a federal employee. Fresh out of college in the early 1990s, I secured a job as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration. Ironically, the Minneapolis District Office where I worked was a few blocks down Franklin Avenue just [...]

Can I really make a difference?

By Pastor Craig Pederson November 6 is Election Tuesday, bringing to fruition months (and in some cases, years) of hard work by candidates and their campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. I acknowledge and appreciate this incredibly hard work that often goes unrecognized. As a democracy, we are strengthened when good people pursue [...]

Let’s Rally, … Really!

By Pr. Craig Pederson One of the joys of ministry is discovering insights into the ways of God through vehicles I never expected. This week, the ways of God have been revealed to me through an actual vehicle: the Rally Car! Let me explain. At this time of year, the reference to “rallying” will not [...]

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Freedom: From what, for what?

By Pastor Craig Pederson If you were asked to describe your faith in one word, what would it be? “That’s impossible!” you might say; faith is too broad and meaningful to be summed up in just one word. And yet, this is exactly the exercise that was required for a course I took in seminary [...]

Do Churches Need a Strategy?

By Pastor Craig Pederson “Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to [the eunuch] the good news about Jesus.  As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?"  Acts 8:35-36 “What is [...]