Friday, February 29, 2008

The Saga of Andrew and Christine Kindall

I have recently begun to piece together some of the stories of our family histories. Here is the first installment, an interesting story of love lost, the struggle to survive at the turn of the 20th century, and the strength of family in the face of the Moose Lake Fire, possibly the worst disaster in Minnesota history.


This is the story of my paternal grandmother’s (Bea Holm) maternal grandparents and their family, as pieced together and written down by my Grandma in 1984. Continue here...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I just got the message that William Lazareth, pastor, professor, bishop, died yesterday, age 79, of cancer. Blessings and the comfort of the Gospel be with his family and friends.
This news led me to a website that has some of his recent writings: The Augustine Institute. I have not had time to read much, but it seems worth a look.

My latest sermon is here:
Lent 3A, February 24, 2008

Where do we encounter God?

When does God come and find us?

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Here are my latest homilies. The first is a sermon on faith, reflecting on Abraham and Nicodemus' stories. The second is a homily on Jesus the Suffering Servant, reacting to an interview of Bart Ehrman and Jesus' washing. Though I have not read enough of Ehrman's writings to judge them, his personal agnosticism seems anemic compared to the courageous faith of those who have actually endured suffering. He really seems not to have grown far beyond his fundamentalist roots.

2008-2-17 Lent 2A

2008-2-20 Lent-Servant

Friday, February 15, 2008

Soul of a Pastor 2

With the blessing of our church council, I am applying to Doctor of Ministry programs. The D. Min. is basically a three year program, with a few weeks per year of intensive courses on site, and online course work throughout the rest of the year. It is a degree program that does not take one out of the context of ministry; in fact, the whole focus is practical, and the course work and projects will relate directly to my call at Grace.

The following is a slightly edited (I took out some names) version of application essays for one of the programs. Pray for me, my family, and my church, for this is a major commitment of time and energy (especially for my family).

Assessment of Vocation and Ministry

Eric Lemonholm

February 2008

  1. Describe and reflect upon your practice of preaching, making explicit the theological themes, principles, and values that inform it.

I have been called and ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament: to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to make disciples, to baptize them in the name of the Triune God, and to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” through sharing the Lord’s Supper. My practice of preaching flows from this call. It is the specific form that the priesthood of all believers takes in my life, to “proclaim the praise of God and bear God’s creative and redeeming Word to all the world.” In the Augsburg Confession, the ministry of Word and Sacrament is explained as a means through which God gives the Holy Spirit, “who effects faith where and when it pleases God in those who hear the Gospel” (CA V). The Gospel is the message that we are justified, made right with God, not through our own efforts or merit but solely by God’s grace, through faith in Christ (CA IV). In my preaching, I strive to keep the Gospel at the center, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, by grace to be a means through which the Holy Spirit will effect faith in those gathered for Word and Sacrament.

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