Russell E. Saltzman is a pastor and dean of the Great Plains Mission District, North American Lutheran Church.

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Body vs. Brain

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Facebook users have run across a quiz purporting to measure one’s mental age against one’s actual physical age. I can’t see the point of it but, so what, I took it anyway. Twice, actually—I . . . . Continue Reading »

Death, Again

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Another intrusive death is rising in my life, and not just my own. He was a vigorous seventy-eight-year-old until last November. Then he experienced a fall, and another, and swiftly lost his motor . . . . Continue Reading »

Violet’s Life

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Sometimes in parish ministry there are encounters with parishioners that leave one simply gasping, frustrated beyond comprehension, and there is little in the pastoral toolkit to help either pastor . . . . Continue Reading »