Marcus J Carlson

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Travel Complete

The past two months have been a whirlwind. Seven trips, 4 countries, 6 states and 31 out of 60 days traveling. What amazes me is that only one of those trips was planned before November. Each trip was meaningful and valuable in at least one way. Each had personal, professional, ministry and church benefit. Each […]

Thank You Peyton

Most believe that Peyton Manning is going to retire and has finished his NFL playing career. I too suspect that is the case and for his health and family, hope it is the case. If Peyton does indeed retire, he has truly gone out on top with a storybook ending. Winning his second Super Bowl […]

Traveling Man

In the next 60 days, I will be traveling to various places for 31 of those days. Its not exactly what I planned, is all for work and most of it should be meaningful. I have always loved to travel, though I love it less now than I used to. I certainly miss my family […]

Let the Preparations Begin

The Christmas preparations have begun. Given all of the decorating, baking, cooking, shopping, other tasks and events of this season, I have to begin my preparations for Christmas almost immediately in November.  It is a lot of work, but I love doing it. For me, the joy of the holiday season is found first and […]

It is Well

Life is going very well and I have very few complaints. Like most people I would prefer to have less weight on my body and more funds in my bank account, but other than that there are no complaints that I could possibly come up with. Life has been an adventure and I continue to […]


I appreciate seasons. Seasons are essential to growth and life. When we think about seasons, our first thought turns to seasons of weather. While spring is my least favorite season (it’s the worst on my allergies and I don’t like all the mud!), after a long, cold and snowy winter, the change of seasons is […]


I am very thankful. Its clear, even in difficult moments that I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful, beautiful, healthy and richly connected family. I am so thankful to be in a place in life where I can serve God in the church, serve within my community and still have time […]

General Update

It is nice to be back into a routine personally and as a family. I have found my way back to the gym 2-4 times a week, have gotten back into my devotional routine and the rest of the family is on a good, regular schedule. Things continue to go well with work and at […]

Exciting Times Ahead

There are many exciting times ahead for me in the coming months and its hard to believe. This time last year I was winding down my time at Bethel Lutheran church, mourning the change and thinking how much I would miss the people, while also being relieved as it related to some other challenges. I […]


I have to admit, its been quite the journey working to earn my Doctoral degree. I have loved the time with colleagues and friends, have been blessed by the reading, grown from the writing and cherish this experience. It is also the hardest thing I have ever done. It was stressful, overwhelming and grumpiness producing. […]

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