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Faith: Bringing forward all the beauty within us

Is beauty a religious value? The ancient Greek philosopher Plato spoke of the good, the true, and the beautiful as a kind of philosophical “trinity.” If a thing was good, he said, it was also... Full story

 By Chris Hill    People    May 20, 2022

On Faith: Bring a love that heals

It has been good to be here. For almost 10 years, Cloquet, Esko and Carlton and the surrounding lands have been home for me and my wife, Sandy. We have lived here and worked here, played here and... Full story


Zion Lutheran: Imagine a Lenten season reimagined

There is a story in the fourth chapter of John's Gospel about a woman Jesus meets at a well. We don't know much about her, but we do know that she has been married to five different men and was now... Full story


Grieve well and thrive now and always

I used to love Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I still love Christmas, but bear with me for a minute. What I have always loved about Christmas was the warmth of the season. I love that people gather wi... Full story


On Faith: Finding empathy in angry times is worthy work

It was one of those appointments I wasn’t looking forward to. The confirmation program had made a big change and the kids and parents weren’t happy, to put it mildly. Tension had been building... Full story


Area church youth gather in Cloquet

Approximately 200 people gathered at the Common Ground building in Cloquet last week to gear up for the fall church season. Pastor Brandon Monson, youth pastor at Grace Baptist in Cloquet, said 10... Full story


FAITH: Look before you let go a 'like'

House to House Heart to Heart Carlton County Church of Christ Before you hit “share” or “like” on that post, consider Paul’s admonition from Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,... Full story


On Faith: Find a good place for your emotions

I'm hearing people are having all the emotions. Are you hearing this as well? Maybe more importantly, are you experiencing this? Several weeks ago, I read about the rise in airline incidents with...

 By Pine Knot News    People    July 16, 2021

Christian music festival goes back to its roots

After missing last summer due to the pandemic, a new version of an annual Christian music festival will return to Cloquet's Veterans Park on Aug. 14. The Wood City Music Festival will now be known as... Full story

 By CJ Boettcher    People    June 4, 2021

On Faith: Vaccination is the Christian thing to do

In the Lutheran tradition we affirm the idea of now and not yet. This is particularly important as we bask in the post-Easter glow. God's promise of new life and resurrection has come to pass and yet... Full story


On Faith: It's planting season!

The parable of the sower has always been one of my favorites. Found in Matthew 13 and Luke 8, it should come as no surprise that a farm boy from Iowa would relate to the imagery of planting. As I... Full story

 By Chris Hill    People    March 12, 2021

On Faith: We need to break down the walls of bias

I find myself saddened by a painful change in our community: It is harder to listen to each other and to understand each other. That difficulty then makes it harder for us to care for each other. As... Full story


On Faith: Power lies in people when it comes to freedom

When Sunday school students see beyond the superficial details of the story of Adam and Eve, they begin to reflect on the reality of sin. A typical response appeals to their sense of justice. “Well, that’s not fair,” they will say. They... Full story


Think of new year as an opportunity for kindness

For 39 years my family and I have been engaged in this area. I am blessed to have had the good fortune to have wonderful opportunities to engage with thousands of area people over the years. My involv... Full story


On Faith: Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving

Merry Christmas and God's blessing on you and your families. The Bible, in Isaiah 9:6, says "for to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his... Full story


On Faith: Take stock of how you use your time

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - J.R.R. Tolkien,... Full story

 By David Handsaker    People    July 3, 2020

On Faith: Freedom derives from faith

I once had the opportunity to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts. The trail is a red line painted on the pavement and guides people from the central city park to many of the historic... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    July 3, 2020

Pope appoints new bishop to Duluth diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Father Michel J. Mulloy, from the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, to be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, it was announced June 19. Bishop-elect Mulloy was...

 By Pine Knot News    People    May 8, 2020

Praise high on the roof

They were singing and preaching from the rooftop Sunday at Journey Christian Church in Cloquet. It was the second drive-in church service where associate Pastor Fred Goldschmidt preached and the...


On Faith: Promise can hold us together

The Danish physicist Nils Bohr famously observed that “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” Never has that statement been truer than today. The COVID-19 pandemic has created deep uncertainties and anxieties, not... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

FAITH: You can believe Jesus died for you

For the Christian community the two times on the calendar that garner the most attention for us are Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, and Easter - which is more...


ON FAITH: Thanking the past and serving the future

In 1922, Monsignor D.W. Lynch, pastor of St. James Church in Duluth, wrote a letter to Minnesota Senator Frank B. Kellogg regarding Father Elais Lemire and the (then) Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Cloquet. “I know something about the work... Full story

 By John Napoli    People    November 1, 2019

On Faith: Despite social media and politics, love your neighbor

We find ourselves a year away from the presidential elections but already the lines of division are having a strong effect on the American society. Here are just a couple examples of what I have seen...


on FAITH: Religious freedom needs a boost

By Charles Haynes / Religious Freedom Center In the turbulent 1960s, John Courtney Murray famously reminded Americans that the Constitution begins with “We, the people,” not “We, the tribe.” Murray, a Jesuit priest, wasn’t papering over...

 By Chris Hill    People    August 2, 2019

On Faith: What Is Better?

I have been hearing from a number of discouraged people lately. They don’t want to watch the news, or check in on Facebook and other social media, or read the paper sometimes because of the anger...


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