Sermon – November 11, 2018 – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Appeal Sunday Keeping the Faith The story about the widow’s mite is often used, awkwardly, as a stewardship text to admonish the listeners to give like the widow gave.  ” if this poor widow could get everything that she has can’t you give a little more?” While that may be useful, I think it … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 4, 2018 – All Saints Weekend

All Saints The Light Shines Through I have been thinking all week about what we celebrate this Sunday.  Thinking about the saints in my life, wondering about yours.  Humming “For All the Saints.” It occurs to me that this list is getting longer, as it probably should be. Some of them are my … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 28, 2018 – Reformation & 75th Anniversary Celebration

  I have come to understand that I most often see my prayers answered in my rearview mirror. Looking back, I can more clearly and recognize the hand of God once I am through something. Unless we are completely blind, today we look back in our rearview mirror and perceive the work of the Holy … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 21, 2018 – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

  The Message So, this psychologist tells a story about coming home from work one day and having his car struck by lightning. He said it was bizarre and frightening experience and when he got home, he told his teenage son about it, expecting a little sympathy.   And his son said, “wow, … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 14, 2018 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

  The Rich Young Man I had the heady experience one time in seminary to be an invited along with some PhD students to dine at the home of my New Testament professor Dr. Ed Krentz.   Dr. Krentz was one of those professors one felt privileged to learn from and we held him in some cautious … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 7, 2018 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Kingdom Relationships Wow   that’s a lot to have to deal with. This text comes around every three years and I find it very difficult to preach on because it is so harsh, it seems. So hard to hear, because the fact is 50 percent of marriages fail and end in divorce, and that hurts. If this was … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 23, 2018 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus Loves the Little Children I was listening the other day to Mahalia Jackson, maybe the finest gospel singer in history, sing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” a song so full of grace and welcome that it has endured for decades . . . it became the only gospel song to ever achieve … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 16, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

  The Whole Story For the longest time, I resisted using a digital calendar like the one on my computer and phone. I used to be satisfied carrying around my little red pastor’s pocket calendar where I would write my appointments and upcoming events. But, since I tend to get distracted, I, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 9, 2018 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grinding Gears I saw a news story the other day where three kids try to carjack the vehicle of a 72-year-old woman. They held a gun to her head until she gave them the keys. The kids jumped into the car and discovered that it was a stick shift. They couldn’t get the car to go and all they did was … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 2, 2018 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

One of the first things that I did fresh at my first call church was to develop a weekly Sunday bulletin with everything in it so that we didn’t have to use the green LBW, Lutheran book of worship. I did that because if you remember that hymnal, there were page numbers in the front which was the … [Read more...]