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 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 23, 2018

Canadian bacon won't be on the White House menu

I should have called Representative Dan Fabian, our fine Republican state legislator, last Thursday morning when I spotted the following headline in Newsweek.com: Trump White House Announces Job Fair...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 23, 2018

If you were arrested for being a Christian...

“If you were arrested for being a Christian...” “Yeah,” you may be saying, “go on. Get to the point!” I will, but first I must frame this article for those of you who don’t live in Roseau and receive these articles on Facebook. They...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 21, 2018 

With Big Nick, who always makes good copy

On Monday, I stepped into a local bar that I had developed a liking for five decades ago when I was younger. It was the early 1970s and the place had a great cast of characters, the best being J.C....

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 21, 2018 

Ultimate Issues (The Lady on the Bench)

Ultimate! That’s kind of a big word. Sorta! I don’t like using big words when I write or speak because I might miss somebody. Well, there are a few exceptions. Like when I make up a word just for the fun of it. Like the word,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 14, 2018

Here's Looking at you, Buster!

I'm stepping away from this game at the end of July on a leave of absence. This will provide a local writer the opportunity to share his or her talents in the Roseau Times-Region. I will still write...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 14, 2018

Believe it or not, It's ok to be human!

I had a delightful experience on the 4th of July; it was the highlight of my day. Now to say this is not to diminish the great time we had with our daughter, Londa, and son-in-law, Marlin around a barbecue at their “fire pit.” Yum! Nor is it to...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    July 7, 2018

Let's Ride Out of Here, Babe!

I want to thank everyone who ever helped me in this business whatever their political persuasion, gender, IQ, nationality, race, financial status, or criminal status. I've known some pretty wild...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 7, 2018

Don't Run Around Half-Dressed!

The young warrior lay gray and silent where he had fallen. For him it was over. The enemy would cheer, his own people would weep, and the sorrow of his people would be deepened by the circumstances of his fatal wound. No blood poured from his head....

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 30, 2018

With prayer in my heart, I start anew!

Beautiful. I always wanted to be a member of the clergy because I've known some colorful characters who have been an inspiration to me. There was Rev. Ike, whose best line at collection time was "I...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 30, 2018

No such thing as Multi-Tasking!

“Multi-tasking.” Have you heard the term? It’s growing in popularity and you may be among the many who say, “Yeah that’s me.” When I was chatting with our pastor, Pastor Steve, about the concept of the title of this article a few days...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 16, 2018

We may as well grin and bear it

They are the ultimate odd couple and what a photo op - this short fat man with the goofy hairdo and this tall aging pudgy man with the bizarre hairdo walking towards each other to shake hands in a mos...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 16, 2018

Does God Meet the Kneed?

It is true that God meets the Kneed? Does he really pay attention when we pray? Even when we’re not on our knees? I am persuaded that body language expresses the heart, but God understands that some people’s physical situation prevents them from...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 9, 2018

Hats off to the Guatemalans, who trump everyone

My father, who was born in Badger, Minnesota, in 1900, wasn't fond of the Japanese, Italians, and Germans. He only said "Japs" when I was a kid. Blame that on World War II, even though he never...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 9, 2018

What's the Big Deal about the Bible? Part 2

It seams to me that there are 3 primary responses to the Bible: (1) Those who are committed to it as “the Word of God.” The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119: 105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (2) Those who criticize...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    June 2, 2018

It is time to stand up for America

Beautiful! On Monday morning, which was Memorial Day, I felt sufficiently nostalgic to remember the Sisters of St. Joseph, who had us stand at attention and say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 2, 2018

What's the Big Deal about the Bible? Part 1

What’s your take on the Bible? I suspect that just about everyone, maybe everyone who knows about the Bible has something to say about it, and maybe about those who make it a part of their lives and seek to make it a part of other’s lives....

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 26, 2018

Wesley Thompson was a mighty fine man

It was a terrible time to die, of all unforgiving places, in a jungle and much too young. He was 20 with a unique gift that robbed us forever of his artistic talents. He was walking point in the...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 26, 2018

How's Your "Dirt?"

What’s that I hear? Can it be a lawn mower? It doesn’t quite sound like one. How about a chain saw? I don’t think so. Maybe a weed whacker! I think I’ll check it out. Aha! To “till” the truth, It’s a garden tiller. My good neighbor,...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 19, 2018

Who's the best ever?

In my book, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Warren Spahn were the best ever in Major League Baseball. Don't remember Spahn? He won 363 games in the majors, the most ever by a lefthander. He compiled a...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 19, 2018

Upside Down, Inside Out!

Recently Julie and I had the privilege of traveling to Orlando, Florida, spending 6 days at Disney World; the ultimate “Mickey Mouse” experience: It’s a marvelous place, and we had the opportunity to get in on their annual “Flower and Garden...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 12, 2018

Here's a carnation straight to your chin

As a septuagenarian far to the left of most Americans and in favor of socialized medicine, I've always had a fondness for actor John Wayne, who was a hard-nosed, butt-kicking, cantankerous...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 12, 2018

And God Made Woman!

Get a good grip on your credit card, dad, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Yea! When our family lived in Chicago I would occasionally read in the Chicago Tribune about certain restaurants featuring, “Ladies’ Night”. Once in awhile they...

 
 By Dave Peterson    Opinion    May 12, 2018

The Broken Church, REVISITED

A little over a year ago I wrote about “The Broken Church.” That one little column really caused a buzz. When we spoke last, I focused on the church taking on more of an American identity than identifying with Christ, today we are going to jump e...

 
 By Jeff Olsen    Opinion    May 5, 2018

Tuesdays with Cork start at Nelson's Cafe

Here came these septuagenarians marching right into the joint that is famous for its potato dumplings and everything in-between. It was shortly after 11 a.m. at Nelson's Cafe, and the start of...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 5, 2018

Is There A "Final Word" On Anything?

The award winning film, “I Can Only Imagine,” written by Bart Millard is a “must see”. In this film, Bart Millard’s abusive father asks, with an angry voice, before burning a make believe helmet his son had made out of cardboard:...

 

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