San Francisco bans a song

In the spirit of baseball superstition, the city of San Francisco will ban the Lorde song “Royals” from the airwaves for the duration of getting spanked by the KC Royals in the World Series. (Just wishful thinking on that last part.) Hey, FRISCO! (I know you hate that… so I’m saying it.) The song isn’tContinue reading “San Francisco bans a song”

The Beauty and Ugliness of Cities

In our trip to the Tenderloin in San Francisco, the beauty and ugliness of a city hits you in the face quickly. Living in Minneapolis, I realize this as well. Every city has its “gorgeous” side that shows up on TV during “game day.” New Orleans is like this. TV crews at the Super BowlContinue reading “The Beauty and Ugliness of Cities”

San Francisco, the Tenderloin, and the Supreme Court

We were in San Francisco the same week as the Supreme Court made two key rulings on gay marriage. Several people set me texts or messages asking how things were going in light of that decision. Some of the messages I didn’t get for a little while because we had lousy cell reception in theContinue reading “San Francisco, the Tenderloin, and the Supreme Court”

We Found Vinton Street in San Francisco

If you are a fan of the show “Monk,” you know the running street name is “Vinton.” Just about anything that is happening with a street name is happening on Vinton Street. We were touring China Town in San Francisco and FOUND Vinton Street. Here is the sign:     And here is… wait forContinue reading “We Found Vinton Street in San Francisco”

Scariest Thought About the Tenderloin

As we leave San Francisco, we have joy in our hearts. God is doing such an amazing work in the Tenderloin district through wonderful ministries like City Impact. Here is the scariest thought, though. What would this place look like WITHOUT the salt and light of the Church? It’s rough now. It’s a bit scaryContinue reading “Scariest Thought About the Tenderloin”

Hard Heart, Soft Life

One of the things about any missions trip is it reveals a couple of things quickly: the condition of the heart and body. I may spend my life pastoring an inner ring suburb, where there are challenges of new ethnic groups, older groups not wanting change, poverty, transition, etc., that doesn’t mean I am usedContinue reading “Hard Heart, Soft Life”

Off to San Francisco — Worlds Far Apart

As a pastor, I am about to experience two very different worlds in a matter of hours. The first world was a dream for me. I performed a wedding for a couple in the Minnesota Twins ballpark, Target Field. I am a huge baseball fan, so being able to walk on the field, sit inContinue reading “Off to San Francisco — Worlds Far Apart”