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About grimmja

Justin Grimm serves as the Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop for Next Generation Ministries in the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA. Before this call, he served as a pastor in Lake Ann Michigan at Advent Lutheran Church. After graduating from Luther Seminary in 2005, he was called to start a new congregation in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. After much prayer and thought with his wife, he accepted and the journey has been rich. The source of his life and his energy comes from his bride Anna and his two children Logan and Payton. At the core of who he is, Justin sees each day on this earth as a gift and tries hard (though failing often) to live that promise out. Contact can be made at

Black Lives Do Matter: A Confession of Sorts

I am white.  I am male.  I will never know what it is like to be anything but white and male.  As Bishop Eaton said last night at a service of Prayer in the wake of this week’s shootings of … Continue reading

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More Like Jesus

Music is so powerful.  I love it.  I take advantage of any time I have in my car, my office, or wherever to blast music and to be moved by it.  Lately I have been listening pretty much non-stop to … Continue reading

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Mission Possible

I was asked to write something about Mission Development and Redevelopment – here it is. I need to make a confession.  I love the church.  I love the idea of the church- the promise of community coming together and the … Continue reading

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I Just want to be God

Here’s a confession: part of me wishes I was God and God wasn’t.  It’s true.  I feel kind of weird putting that thought to paper but the more I think about it I come to this conclusion- life would be … Continue reading

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Do You Really Believe?

Several years ago I attended the Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta.  I hope to be able to go again sometime soon.  It was an event that truly taught me so much about preaching and about the gift of this calling.  … Continue reading

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Life is not for wimps

“Life is not for wimps.”  Those were the words of a friend of mine this week as I was texting back and forth with him. He had been on my mind and heart for some reason so I reached out … Continue reading

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Holy Moments…Holy Ground

“Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) I consider my vocation to be the most amazing in the world.  Time and again I am reminded … Continue reading

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