Luke Schmidt

Pastor of Congregational Life

When I’m not at Zion …  you can find me out in the yard keeping things green or chasing the kids around. I love photography and have been taking lots of pictures of the family and nature. I’m a techie,…

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PastorLuke@ZionBuffalo.org 763.382.1245 ext. 107
  • Planting Seeds

    If there is ever a time to celebrate, I think turning 150 would be it. But how to celebrate properly? We spent the last year looking back and reminiscing about where we’ve been and where we are headed. I hope you’ve had a good time in the process, I know I have. Between concerts and brunches and commissioned musical arrangements, we celebrated in true Lutheran style. But when you turn 150, you tend to be a little wiser and have ... more
  • Thankfulness

    I know the day of thankfulness has come and gone on the calendar, having been replaced, and in many cases, trumped by the pending hustle and bustle of Christmas. In the midst of that whirlwind from the onset of fall to the celebration of the birth of Christ, there is a day on which we are mandated to gather with family, eat too much, and then eat too much all over again. Oh, and be thankful. Now I know that ... more
  • Two Things Everyone Needs

    A few years after seminary, I was invited to be part of the Hanson preaching fellowship. During the year we spent together, I remember David Lose, one of the instructors, sharing some of the underlying motivations that framed his preaching. I’ve mentioned them before in my sermons as well. He laid it out like this: people really need two main things in life, a sense of purpose, and a sense of belonging. We, the church of God, provide both. If you look around you and ... more

When I’m not at Zion …  you can find me out in the yard keeping things green or chasing the kids around. I love photography and have been taking lots of pictures of the family and nature. I’m a techie, so I’m usually building something computer or home theater related. I might be found on the golf course, although not as much as I’d like, and if you’re willing, you can find me playing basketball in the early morning hours with a good group of guys from town.

My favorite Bible character … I’d probably go with Thomas. Even if just to dispel the myths about him forever being known as “doubting” Thomas. Thomas was faithful to a fault, the first to follow Jesus into a dangerous situation (John 11:16), and the first to profess the truth of who Jesus is. (John 20:28) I think we could all take a page from Thomas’ life.

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