If you could compete in the Olympics, what sport would you choose?
Some of my earliest memories are of watching the Olympics and dreaming of the sports I’d compete in. As I got older, those dreams never quite vanished, but the realistic – okay, so they were never that realistic – options keep getting narrower. I think probably all that is left to me now is Curling! (Anyone want to meet at the St. Paul Curling Club or Chaska Curling Center this winter and teach me how to play?!)

What fictional place would you most like to go?
Tough one! I’m totally torn between watching a Quidditch match at Hogwarts and walking through the wardrobe into Narnia, but I suppose Narnia would win out as those were the first books I got completely and delightfully lost in.

What songs have you completely memorized?
I’m actually rather terrible at memorizing songs, but there are a few: “Amazing Grace” – I’d sing this to Katie in particular while rocking her to sleep at night when she was a rather colicky baby –
“A Mighty Fortress,” and “Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word.” (Yes, they’re all hymns!) Oh, and pretty much every song on the Hamilton soundtrack!

What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?
I saw the original Star Wars with my dad and brothers when it first opened. Because the original trailer was so mediocre, our expectations for the film were pretty modest. But we were blown away and ended up staying to watch it through twice. So flying an X-Wing has been pretty high on my dream list ever since.

How do you relax after a hard day of work?
I almost never tire of playing board games with my kids and friends (a vestige of summer vacations when we didn’t have TV at the cottage). Among my favorites as a kid were Risk and Monopoly. Current favorites are Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. (And despite the rumors emanating from “The President’s Game Night”
I would hold with students at LTSP, I am not all that competitive…unless of course I’m playing with competitive people)!

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? India.

How do you like your eggs? Poached – and I won’t object if they’re made as part of Eggs Benedict.

What is your favorite dessert? Strawberry-Rhubard pie – warmed up and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, of course!

What movie title best describes your life?
It’s a Wonderful Life. Not only is this one of my favorite films, but also captures my sense of gratitude about the family I grew up in, my family now, and the various relationships I’ve formed and opportunities I’ve had. Gratitude, I’ve always thought, is the key to a great life!

What is your favorite family tradition?
We have a cottage with our extended family on Lake Otsego (Cooperstown, NY) that my great-grandfather bought in 1904. We spent part of every summer there while I was growing up and taking my kids there as often as possible and teaching them to waterski, skip rocks, and play board games has been my favorite family get-away and tradition.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I tend to be the one who wraps the Christmas gifts, and doing that after the kids were asleep, late Christmas Eve, and then putting them under the tree has been one of my favorite personal traditions. (Although this past Christmas, knowing I’d be preaching ten Christmas Eve sermons, I did the wrapping a day earlier – still fun though!)

What are you most looking forward to being back in Minnesota?
Walking around the Minneapolis lakes, the State Fair, the family-friendly atmosphere, breakfast at French Meadow, living with lots of Lutherans – pretty much everything!

Do you have any hidden talents?
Absolutely none :) – although I have been known to rap some of the songs from Hamilton (did I mention I love Hamilton?) Be warned, though: me rapping is not necessarily a pretty sight.

What is your must-watch sporting event? The Olympics, summer and winter, hands-down. Also the World Cup (Soccer) and Vikings football games.

What is your favorite Fair Food?
Depends. If I’m with my wife, Karin, we’ll go to the French Meadow booth and find something reasonably healthy (she’s a very good influence on me!). If I’m on my own or with the kids, then it will be a huge cup of thick, slightly greasy, and salty French fries!