Engagement Appeal

May 8, 2017 Dear Friends at SOTH: Our church council is launching a new strategic planning process we are calling an “Engagement Appeal.” The goal of our appeal is to create a connected family of faith through listening sessions that will culminate in a new strategic plan with broad-based input and support. You and your […]

Seeing Faith through New Eyes

This past Lent we took a decidedly different approach to Wednesday evening worship services. We invited guest speakers to join us asking them to reflect on our Christian faith through the lens of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We heard from two Luther Seminary professors, the Program Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services, […]

Finding Common Ground – A Panel Discussion

Who we are: One of the things I hope for our family of faith is to be relationally connected enough to have difficult, honest conversations and remain brothers and sisters in Christ. Our vision statement indicates that we desire to be a “connected family of faith, inspired by God to positive influence our community and world.” […]

Gratitude for Normal

Last weekend my family was out to dinner at Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka. There was no special occasion other than the fact that my Dad is a “Groupon” pro and had managed to wrangle two free walleye dinners! The seven of us were crammed into a booth in the upscale upstairs fancy part of the […]


 “Grand County authorities have identified the 17-year-old Texas girl who died Wednesday after skiing into a tree on an intermediate trail at Winter Park Resort. Alicyn Mitcham, from Colmesneil, Texas, was pronounced dead at Denver Health East Grand ER after efforts to revive her failed, according to county Coroner Brenda Bock. Bock said an autopsy […]

All Dogs Go to Heaven

For sixteen years Luther was my constant companion, camping, hiking, boating, working, swimming, running, cross country skiing, and sitting guard by the hot tub as I soaked. His super power was being immediately in the way. Carrying in the groceries… he was blocking the path to the fridge. Getting up from bed to go to […]

“But That Sounds Boring”

Shepherd of the Hills is a small and mighty family of faith. I am grateful and proud to serve with such a wonderful group of faithful people. Not a day goes by that I am not in awe of the way you care for each other and God’s world. I wish everyone could experience the […]


And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:7 Vulnerability is at the heart of story. God does not come as a strong man. Instead God comes in the fragility of […]

It’s Time

Like many of you I have felt the heightened levels of election anxiety over the past months. Hopefully by the time you read this we will be closing this cycle and beginning a new chapter. It will be time to move on. But what is a practical way to do this? How to move on […]

Consecration 2017

  As a family of faith we are very financially fortunate. For the last five years we have realized budget surpluses. We have had the opportunity to share these surpluses with those in need, and we’ve been able to add staff. Our last “Raise the Roof” capital appeal has allowed us to renovate our roof, […]