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A summer trip offered a much greater appreciation of the vastness of God’s creation on earth, while also putting things into perspective.
"He was God's gift to me," said Marcie Lind, the wife of the longtime Forum reporter and columnist who died in August 2021.
"Much of the trouble with religion is that we’ve convinced ourselves that we can know an infinite God, a God who created the entire universe that is billions of years old and which still reveals mysteries to us that we cannot solve. And in our hubris, we believe we can also know all of the answers about faith, especially about who is right and, more importantly, who is wrong."
"While there are a great many serious things we need to manage in this earthly life, God does want us to enjoy life too! It is, after all, why he made joy and laughter and the lighter moments that help us celebrate a good life."

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"Everyone who considers themselves a person of any faith, and also those who consider themselves a moral person but not religious, must understand that each of us is intricately woven into the fabric of creation. And when we fail to catch and to support those most struggling among us, we collectively fail creation’s larger family."
Some babies leave the hospital in a truck. The nurses in Crookston say baby Arlo is the first one to arrive in one.
"In Genesis, we are told that even God rested on the seventh day after he created the universe. So, there seems to be a pretty good precedent for us to rein in our breathless pace."
Pastor Drew Stever, a queer, transgender pastor, was scheduled to speak at Park River Bible Camp’s Youth Fest on July 10, but decided not to after people in surrounding communities expressed their disapproval of him speaking at the event to camp leadership and on social media.
"Jim Carrington, a reporter and editor at the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper in Bemidji, Minnesota, for 52 years, died at 93. His legacy isn’t widely known, but his effect on Minnesota’s sports reporting has reverberated for decades."
Several family members traveled to Texas last month to take part in filming of the popular crowdfunded show that depicts stories from the Bible.

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Cal Thompson's Facebook page has been flooded with memories of his friendship, dedication and passion for service since his daughter announced his passing.
"Overturning federal protections that provide access to health care, the right to marry, the right to live out one’s sexual orientation, the right to define one’s own gender may make us feel better because of our interpretation of scripture. But in reality, what it does is put lives in jeopardy, impoverish the already impoverished, reduce human dignity, further marginalize the marginalized, alienate those already upset with the church’s hypocrisy and continues to splinter the body of Christ."
For two years, the pandemic had prevented Heart of Clay Ministry from offering opportunities to inmates at the Clay County Correctional Facility. The return has been joyous not only for the inmates, but also for the volunteers who are seeing large groups return to the Bible studies.

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