1517 Power

11 Aug

Along with wind, solar, and ethanol, Minnesota is powered by Lutherans. More members of this Protestant denomination live here than in any other state. It seems to this life-long Lutheran that each town, no matter how tiny, has a Lutheran church. And I have managed to surround myself with Lutherans for the past three days. 

Solar power Minnesota


This October marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther published his 95 Theses and made public his well-reasoned grievances against the Catholic Church. The ultimate outcomes of the Reformation were improved literacy rates, economic growth, the Westphalian state system, and the general development of strong work ethic. Here in Minnesota, those Lutheran qualities are ubiquitously present. Civic pride oozes at each street corner, and famously-reserved Lutherans show greatness through hard work and endless energy. 

Iconic power Owatonna


In New Ulm, I stayed with Stan and Ruth A. Stan was our Lutheran Navy Chaplain while we were stationed in Italy. His fantastic expository sermons gave us great insights into the events around Naples and Rome during the lifetime of Jesus. In Waseca, I stayed with Naomi and Greg E. who have formed a new and thriving Lutheran church in their town. They were also Naples veterans, Naomi being our organist (and kids piano teacher) during the time we held worship at the former NATO “Flamingo Club”. Tonight Dianna and Les H. host us in Rochester. Les is a Lutheran pastor and Dianna is the mom of Erik W-W, our home pastor at Ballard First Lutheran. 

Martin Luther. “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise.”


I’m glad we have made these Lutheran connections, and I look forward to celebrating 500 years this fall with Lutherans worldwide. Change is hard, but big change can have profound impact, when it’s directed to improve people’s daily lives. 

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3 Responses to “1517 Power”

  1. Erik Wilson Weiberg August 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  2. Joanmarie Powers August 12, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    Good thing we are Lutherans. Yes, he is coming here, expects to get here around Labor Day. Karin flew in to Minn. to also see their friends from Italy. They are spending g couple days in Rochester then Karin will go back to Seattle and he will go on. Has a friend in Wisconsin sin that is going to ride with him through the state. Think his only concern is PA. Not sure about route, weather….. Have a good weekend and hope you are feeling bit better…..

    JoanMarie

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  3. Janet August 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on Janet’s thread and commented:
    A cycling odyssey

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