Sermon – July 15, 2018 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Every couple of years or so, when my colleagues, my friends and my church make the rumbles that they are about to give it up because of the world presents itself as mean and irredeemable, I have to crack out this poem by Martin Franzmann, former Lutheran New Testament professor and hymn writer.  … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 8, 2018 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Grace Sufficient Unless you have been living under a gigantic rock or haven’t left your house in about ten years, only then would you fail to realize that we are in the Golden age of superhero movies. It seems like one comes out every week. The latest, at least I think it’s the latest, is Ant Man … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 1, 2018 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ll tell you what this looks like to me.    It looks like Jairus and this poor, chronically ill woman saw Jesus as their last resort. It looks to me like they tapped out all the other options and finally thought, “let’s see what this guy can do”. Let’s take Jairus first..  The text tells us that … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 10, 2018 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Vocation Historians of the medieval times have in various ways articulated the condition of life than as, “nasty, brutish, and short.” Disease and illness would run unchecked, the ill attended to by superstition, pseudoscience and charlatanism. It was hard to get well if you got sick. Any serious … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 27, 2018 – Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday, the only Sunday in the church year that is set aside for the recognition of a doctrine of the church, the only festival set aside to ponder a theological understanding of God, opposed to our other Sundays based on Jesus’ life and ministry.   As we will see in a short video, … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 13, 2018 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

  Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Intro:  Theme from “Cheers”) Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows Your … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

  Chosen and Befriended I think I told you the second half of this story, but not the first. So, here’s the first half. When I was confirmation age we were given the opportunity to go to the Badlands Bible Camp just outside of Medora, North Dakota.  It was a lovely place along the Little … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

So, a little botany to get us going this morning.  You will no doubt remember how water and nutrients move in a plant.  When we put an Okra seed in the ground it germinates and begins to grow.  A stem rises through the ground and begins transporting water and nutrients from the soil through the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday

  "I Am the Good Shepherd" It hasn’t always been the case, but these days, to be called a sheep is a disparaging term.. We get all offended when we hear it.  We contemptuously dismiss the label it doesn’t fit our ideal of who we are, autonomous people, independent thinkers, rugged … [Read more...]

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...]