Pastor Craig Pederson

Our legacies are complicated, but God’s is not

By Pastor Craig Pederson A week has passed since the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others who were on their way to a youth basketball game. As the tributes and memorials continue to accumulate in the media and online, it’s hard to [...]

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Faith seeking hope

Faith seeking hope By Craig Pederson “What gives you hope as you do this work?” That was the question we reflected upon to begin the most recent meeting of our synod’s Muslim Solidarity Task Force. This remarkable group of Christians and Muslims – both clergy and lay leaders – was formed as a result of [...]

Adept at adapting

By Pastor Craig Pederson Two months ago the first of our two children was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Our son Evan had successfully navigated three years of large-group classes, small-group gatherings, service projects, and the obligatory “faith statement” to complete the requirements for his confirmation program. On a lovely May Sunday morning, Evan then [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]