March 13, 2020

Dear Holy Redeemer Community,

The HRLC Council is taking the coronavirus global pandemic very seriously. As this situation intensifies and is often changing by the hour, now is the time to make clear decisions for the sake of our community’s health and well-being, as...

September 27, 2016

I write with a heavy heart knowing so many in our community are wondering what will happen. It's a tense and anxious time for our Cedar Rapids community. It looks like the Cedar River crested at 21.97 feet, which is the second highest in history. Questions are swirling...

August 18, 2016

This past week I was in New Orleans with over 1,000 other ELCA folks from all across the U.S. I was elected to be one of the voting member of our Southeastern Iowa Synod (SEIA). And I must admit, at first, I wasn't excited to be attending a week-long Churchwide Assembl...

August 10, 2016

            Up until a short while ago, I thought what most people thought about God’s plan. I used it to try and make light of a situation. My phone breaks, I have to repair something, I lose an item, I thought it was all God’s plan, something good will happen out of...

August 3, 2016

One of my high school friends, Casey Cork, is doing awesome things down in Austin, TX. She started a non-profit called "Humanize Me." The purpose of the organization is to help people see homelessness as real people suffering and not as an issue or a statistic. This pa...

July 27, 2016

My name is Joshua Kiskamp, and I am doing the blog for this week. For those of you who don’t know me I will give a quick introduction. Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church is my home church, my parents moved to California last summer, but I have a brother, Kirby Hiller, who l...

July 19, 2016

How often do you pray? How do you pray? When do you pray? Is there a right way to pray? Is prayer important to Christian life?

And the truth is each of us will have different answers and responses to these questions surrounding prayer. For that very reason, I must admit...

July 13, 2016

I'm referring to this week's Gospel as "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia."

To answer your question: yes, I am old enough to know about the Brady Bunch. Growing up, my mom loved watching the Brady Bunch and often referenced it in her parenting. Her favorite line when I complained...

June 30, 2016

What does it mean to be Church today? 

This is the question we, as students in Seminary, were constantly asked and wrestling with. The truth conveyed to us was that Church is different today than it was 5, 10, or 20 years ago. 

I agree. I believe Church is different...

June 16, 2016

These last few days & weeks have been difficult to deal with. The Stanford injustice. The singer killed in Orlando. The mass shooting in Orlando. The toddler attacked and killed by the alligator at a Disney Resort. One thing is for sure, Orlando has had a tough week. A...

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