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Ari Mattson
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Grown in the Northwest; chillin' in the Midwest. Lover of Jesus, family, nature, sports, and good beer.
Grown in the Northwest; chillin' in the Midwest. Lover of Jesus, family, nature, sports, and good beer.

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The Third Sacrament
(Note: This was first written for my church's winter newsletter in December 2018) In the Lutheran church, we acknowledge two sacraments: communion and baptism. Martin Luther felt there needed to be some Biblical basis for defining a sacrament and cut back o...
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What is Appropriate Prayer?
For the past month, Milwaukee has been buzzing. Our local Major League team, the Brewers, was on a tear. They finished with the best record in the National League, made the playoffs for the first time in seven years, and won twelve in a row to win the NL Ce...
What is Appropriate Prayer?
What is Appropriate Prayer?
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Improper Amputations
"[Jesus said,] ' If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire'" (Mark 9:43). Last Sunday, the assigned gospel lesson in the Revised Common Lectio...
Improper Amputations
Improper Amputations
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A Response to Clergy Abuse in Pennsyvania
Photo: Keith Kelly via flikr This week, a major report was published in Pennsylvania detailing how 301 priests sexually abused at least 1000 victims in every diocese in the state. Even more damning that previous similar reports, this one detailed how priest...
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If Only I Had... God's Perspective
A few weeks ago, the alternative lesson from the Old Testament was from 1 Samuel 8 . It's one of those stories I find funny and heart breaking at the same time. In the story, the Israelites come to the prophet Samuel, who is the prophet of Israel at the tim...
If Only I Had... God's Perspective
If Only I Had... God's Perspective
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Let's End Suicide
(Note: I first wrote this on my facebook page.) I've never watched Anthony Bourdain. Until last week, I'd never heard of Kate Spade. But I learned I have at least one thing in common with them. I have known the dark night of the soul where voices in my head...
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Flour Power
At my church , children who don't take communion yet get a blessing when they come to the table with their family. Usually I rest my hand on their head as I bless them and trace a cross on their forehead to remind them of their baptism. As I do, there is of...
Flour Power
Flour Power
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Farming, Faith, Persistence, and Hope
"[Jesus]  also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,  and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.'" -Mark 4:26-27 “We can do no great things — only small things wit...
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Holy Vocabulary: What is Love?
In the season of Easter, we have a weekly lesson from the letter of 1 John, a letter often known for talking about love and community. It's because of these themes that I've decided to preach on these texts for the season of Easter, but as I'm re-reading th...
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You Are Not Trash
Much of our North American culture is built to be thrown away. Fast food is served in paper and plastic that's meant to be disposed after use and most groceries are sold in packaging that's thrown away after use. Most minor appliances are cheaper to replace...
You Are Not Trash
You Are Not Trash
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