Archive: June, 2013


Reflections from a Wittenberg Coffee House-Christians Coming Together

Each day expands my horizons a bit more.  I have joined the Gospel Choir of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany that is under the direction of Kantor Thomas Herzer.  The group is recently back from singing in Pennsylvania and Brooklyn and I feel really honored to be invited to sing with them.  The first […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House – Communication Happens When You Want It To

Today has been quite interesting.  I have found myself in more conversations using my German and the conversations are getting just a little bit bigger.  I have decided that my next movie will be a comedy and it will be entitled, “Broken German Meets Broken English.” So today, the staff at the Wittenberg Information center […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee Shop-Storms Are Everywhere

Last Thursday there was a powerful lightening and thunderstorm that hit Germany.  Trees came down and one of the LutherFest 500 buses was stopped by a tree in the road.  Participants got out in the rain and tried to move the tree. In the Twin Cities the storms came on Friday night.  I heard of […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee Shop-A New Phase

Yes, I know I have missed a few days.  Sorry. Luther Fest 500 picked up speed and I just couldn’t get to the writing.  Since my last post I took two different groups to Wartburg Castle and the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, presented an interest center, participated in events, gave the message at the closing worship […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House-The Joys of Transition

I am back.  Had a great weekend in Berlin visiting a friend and greeting other friends who are arriving in the country.  Even the 12 hours at the airport on Monday was a good thing as I was able to meet and greet participants on the Lost and Found Luther Fest 500.  It was a […]


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