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...]

Sermon – November 12, 2107 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

  The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids Many years ago I did a wedding for a young couple who were members here. Groom was in graduate school and the bride was working, and they decided they wanted to get married. So, we began our conversations about their relationship and began making … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 5, 2017 – All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday   Saints and Heroes I trust that an appropritate time of mourning has passed for Cub fans that we can discuss the fact that the Houston Astros won the World Series. Took seven games and was fun to watch, even for a Twins fan.  Of course, the reason they prevailed is … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 22, 2017 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Render unto Caesar I will be careful not to go too far down this road, but all the efforts of Jesus opponents to trap him ended up blowing up in their faces. Through Scripture, the power of his own presence, to his dogged faithfulness to his mission Jesus eluded all of these attempts to snare … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 8, 2017 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Who’s in charge? So, I will tell you one more of my army stories and then I’ll lay off for a while. But this week’s Gospel lesson got me thinking about this. I was just an enlisted man, medic, the first time around.   I joined because I was a bit adrift and college wasn’t much of a prospect … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 1, 2017 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Flying empty If you watched the series on Vietnam last week, you couldn’t but catch that one of the iconic images of the Army abroad, is the OD green helicopter.  In Vietnam they were Hueys, evacuation and supply vehicles.  Later they were converted for combat rescue, then the advent of the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 17, 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Welcoming the Stranger At exactly 6:55 AM Central time on Friday, the Cassini spacecraft was vaporized as it plummeted through Saturn’s atmosphere and this historic pioneer became part of the planet that it studied for over a decade.  Cassini was launched 20 years ago on an ambitious … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 10, 2017 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  I read a refreshing story in Time Magazine last week.  It was a story about reconciliation between a doctor and a hospital and a family.  It was in St. Paul, where a little boy had suffered from spinal bifida for many years, and had made, as you can probably guess, countless trips to the … [Read more...]