Sermon – April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

In our gospel story for today, the author of Luke gives their account of Jesus’ resurrection appearance. It is similar to the one we heard last week from John— Jesus comes amongst his disciples and offers them peace, he commissions his disciples to go out into the world and carry on his ministry, … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

Our gospel story for today takes place on Easter night. Just a few days earlier, the disciples witnessed their friend and teacher hung on a cross. They witnessed their imagined lives come to an end, they saw their future disappear. They felt failure and grief mixed together. Just a few hours … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 11, 2018 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Our gospel reading for today contains what is probably the most well known verse in all of scripture: “For God so loved the world that God gave their only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is everywhere. It is on billboards, bumper … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 25, 2018 – Second Sunday in Lent

Our gospel story for today is a turning point in the Gospel of Mark. For the first time, Jesus clearly and plainly explains what is to come of his life. Jesus will undergo suffering, he will be rejected. He will be killed. He will rise again. Jesus is not speaking in metaphor or parable. This isn’t … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 4, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Mark 1:29-39 Jesus’ healing stories are among some of my favorite in our entire body of scripture. I find great hope when I read them. Jesus shows up. Jesus seeks out. In these stories Jesus rarely holds back, healing those in need almost instantaneously. And in response to being healed, those … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 14, 2018 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus changes us. Being a follower of Jesus means that we see the ourselves and the world differently. Being a follower of Jesus means that we don’t just sit idly by but that we are active participants in our world—teaching what Jesus taught, caring about what Jesus cared about. Being a disciple of … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

  Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you Mary did you know that your baby boy … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8 Advent 2 Year B   I didn’t grow up in a family that went camping, or hiking, or paddling…something a little strange for a family rooted in northern Minnesota.  I wouldn’t say that my parents had a dislike for nature, they have recently moved to live on a lake … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 19, 2017 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30 I get a little uneasy when I read this parable. Remember, parables are supposed to reveal something to us about God, or, God through Jesus. Parables in Matthew, in particular, are meant to point us towards the kingdom of God— this alternate reality that being ushered in by Jesus. … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 29, 2017 – Reformation

Reformation 2017 John 8:31-36 + Romans 3:19-28   Today is a big day! Today we remember that, 500 years ago, a young professor named Martin Luther posted 95 complaints against the corruption and oppression he saw within the church that he loved. Despite persecution, Luther continued to … [Read more...]