Sermon – April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday

  The Uprising Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!  We call that pinnacle event of our faith the resurrection. At the risk of becoming a little geeky this morning, the Greek word for that is anastasis, and how that is translated is up rising. Resurrection is Uprising. We … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 18, 2018 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

We Would See Jesus Have you ever had one of those conversations where you asked a simple question and you get a lengthy and bizarre response in return that seems to have nothing to do with what you asked? You know the conversation, “can you tell me the way to the Meier store?” Yeah it’s just … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 4, 2018 – Third Sunday in Lent

Angry Jesus If Jesus had decided to hold a workshop on proper Temple piety, or hosted a “constructive dialogue” between the merchants, the priests and the people on the misuse of the Temple sacrificial economy, we probably wouldn’t have read about it in the Gospel of John.  Because no one would … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 18, 2018 – First Sunday in Lent

Reconciling Waters If you have tuned into the Olympics at all this year, you no doubt have seen the ad by Dick’s Sporting Goods, an official sponsor of the winter games.  The ad is arresting because it names from the get-go the toxic and disrespectful public conversations that have come to … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 11, 2018 – Transfiguration

Transfiguration Sunday   Down the mountain For a journalism class at the University of Minnesota, I was doing a piece on rodeos, cowboys and the experience of the competition.   I asked one bull rider to describe, if he could, what it felt like to ride a bull.    He thought for a … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 28, 2018 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

  Superheroes and Villains I suppose by now you have heard that there’s yet another superhero movie coming out. This one is called Black Lightning where a meek and mild high school principal by day gives way to a justice seeking, crime-fighting advocate by night. Do we need more … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 21, 2018 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

When I grew up, my dad had a tool drawer. It was filled with all sorts of wondrous things. Hand drills, an old bayonet, hack saws which got us in trouble, but one of my favorites was a large magnet set in a stainless steel jacket. I don’t know where that thing came from, but it was the strongest … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 7, 2018 – Baptism of Jesus

Baptism of Jesus When I went to college, they gave me a an ID that said I was a student.  After I was sworn into the Army, I became a soldier and part of the military community.  When I went to seminary I was issued an ID and the credentials that said I was a seminarian.  And when I was baptized, … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

  Let’s start this morning with a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins called God's Grandeur The world is charged with the grandeur of God.     It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;     It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 26, 2017 – Christ the King

Christ the King   It probably wouldn’t come as a surprise to us if a stranger who knew nothing about Christianity came up to us and said, What is that you guys are all about?  What is it that you do?  How do you live in the world?  What is it that you believe?  You know as well as I that … [Read more...]